WFJ’s own Taryn Krumwiede has been selected as one of KARE 11’s Eleven Who Care honorees! She’s receiving this recognition for her impressive achievements as the co-founder of Ella’s Halo, and for her volunteer work with Faith’s Lodge.
Ella’s Halo is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort and compassion to babies and families during extended stays in local Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Taryn and her husband founded the organization after the death of their young daughter Ella. Since forming the organization in 2009, they have donated thousands of items to families who are spending time with their babies in the hospital, to provide a sense of being at home in their time of need.
Taryn is also on the Family Outreach Committee for Faith’s Lodge, an organization for parents facing the serious illness or death of a child. The Faith’s Lodge retreat center is a place where these families can reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. Much of Taryn’s work for the organization has focused on their family-only Holiday Tribute event.
She will be spotlighted along with the other Eleven Who Care honorees at the HandsOn Twin Cities Volunteer Expo in February, and at a recognition event this summer. KARE 11 will also award her with a $1,100 donation to be made in Taryn’s name, to an organization of her choosing, funded by the Gannett Foundation. In addition, she’ll be spotlighted on a KARE 11 News program sometime later this year.
To reach out to others in the aftermath of one’s own tragedy shows a truly generous spirit. Please join us in congratulating Taryn for her inspiring work!
2/19/13 UPDATE: KARE 11’s Eleven Who Care announcement is up!