Four mothers, bonded by losing a child, began a non–profit organization in 1998 called "One Bright Star" and Sunday, they held its annual kids camp to help families dealing with grief.

The event allows children, ages 4-17, to reconnect with a lost loved one.

Boys and girls wrote or drew a symbolic message that would be stuffed inside a teddy bear as a remembrance that they could hold on to.

The group also wrote a note on a balloon, which would later be released to reach the person they've lost.

8-year-old Noah Sward say "I have a sister named Ella and she died when she was zero. Then, I wrote about my grandma great, she died when she was 96. I wrote 'I love you' to each."

Sunday afternoon marks the third year, One Bright Star has hosted this camp at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

The organization also has a memorial site at Ray Erlandson Park in Mankato and if you'd like to know or contribute to its cause, you can visit

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