Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Her Husband Start The Dogwood Project

dogwood projectThis past Thanksgiving, Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and her family suffered a tragic loss when her brother-in-law, Allen Schlapman, was killed by a drunk driver while visiting Kimberly and her family in Nashville.  Little Big Town cancelled a couple of concerts while she and her family grieved, and now, Kimberly and her husband Stephen have started the Dogwood Project, in honor of Allen.  After receiving a thoughtful gift of a tree to plant in Allen’s honor, and seeing the difference it made when people sent flowers to his daughters while they grieved, Kimberly got the idea that such a gesture could help many children going through the same thing.  “The Dogwood Project will help kids who lose a close relative as they go through the grieving process,” Stephen Schlapman explained to Taste of Country.  “We will send the youngest children a teddy bear, we will send girls 5-12 a flower arrangement and we will send boys 5-12 a young Dogwood tree. If we can secure the contributions, we will also send the children a small shovel to help them plant the flowers/tree with an adult as a way for conversation to begin.”  For now The Dogwood Project will focus on families in Middle Tennessee, but they are hopeful that with enough support it will be able to spread nationwide.  Click here to learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation.


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