The high winds and hail that ripped through Coconut Creek Thursday evening badly damaged Tomorrow’s Rainbow, a local children’s charity that provides free grief support to children.
The nonprofit relies on miniature horses and other small farm animals to facilitate a child’s grief, but the stable was completely destroyed by the severe weather.
For safety reasons, the organization had to cancel all of its programs until repairs can be made.
“We’re grateful that none of the therapy animals were injured. Even so, we’re devastated that they will not have a roof over their head – especially as we head into summer with high temperatures and rain. I just don’t know what we’re going to do,” said Abby Mosher, the charity's founder and executive director.
When the staff arrived to work Friday, the entrance was blocked by a down tree and the stable had been damaged.
“All of the cover that usually cover the horses blew over, totally mangled,” said Mosher. “We can’t have any covering over the horses anymore.”
Tomorrow’s Rainbow helps over 150 children and families, and runs with four employees and over 160 volunteers.
“It was very hard for me to make friends. Coming here helped me make friends and deal with my emotions and helped me heal,” said Jaime Tero, a client at Tomorrow’s Rainbow.
The nonprofit has already received some donations so that children in the community can continue to receive the free services offered by Tomorrow’s Rainbow.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Mosher. “These children have experienced enough loss in their lives already.”
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