Falls Church, Virginia (December 10, 2020) – Capital Caring Health recently hosted a free holiday event for seriously ill and grieving children and their families to introduce them to the therapeutic power and the special connection between humans and horses.

Held at the 80-acre Ohana Equestrian Preserve, a full-service equine facility in Loudoun County, Virginia, 34 children and their families attended the event which was staffed with 15 Capital Caring Health volunteers who baked special treats, created signage and greeted the children and families with warmth and encouragement. The children also participated in a special holiday-themed art therapy craft and posed with Santa and their new four-legged friends.

For the past four decades, CCH has embraced children dealing with a serious illness as well as grieving children who have suffered the loss of a loved one.   The Capital Caring Health children’s program, Capital Caring Kids, provides pediatric hospice care, palliative and advanced illness care to seriously ill children and grief support to children who have lost a loved one.

“Our events and workshops provide the opportunity for children and families to connect in a safe, therapeutic environment,” said Tara Hoit, Director of Capital Caring Kids.  “All activities children engage in are designed to be fun and meaningful helping children develop tools to cope with illness or recent loss.

Capital Caring Kids focuses on delivering holistic palliative and hospice care that focuses on improving the quality of life for the child and the family through expert management of pain and other physical symptoms as well as emotional, spiritual and other support services, to help the children and families cope with the complex issues resulting from a serious illness.

During the event, a child visiting Santa asked, “When you are hurt, is it okay to cry?”

And to that Santa replied, “Yes, I do it all the time and it really helps.”

The event was sponsored by Ohana Equestrian Preserve, Apple FCU, NOVEC, Freddy Donuts, Butler’s Pantry NC, Dropping the Reigns and Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.

The community is invited to become a part of the Capital Caring Kids story of hope this holiday season by supporting our program, by visiting https://www.capitalcaring.org/ or  capitalcaring.org/giftforchildren.

Contact Tara Hoit, Director of Capital Caring Kids for ways to become involved as a volunteer at thoit@capitalcaring.org or call 540-295-7223.

About Capital Caring Health
Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of 70 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none. We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans. On an annual basis, we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn. Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families.

The website, capitalcaring.org, is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat. Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
24 Hour Care Line: 800-869-2136