BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Losing a loved one is a tough thing to go through. Bill wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders knows this too well.
âNovember 1 was my mother’s passing for 10 years,â Sanders said. “This time around November 1st is really tough for me.”
That’s why Sanders took in 21 children from Oishei Children’s Hospital, who are part of the Grief Support Group. All are made up of children who have lost a sibling or a parent, just like Sanders.
âEveryone was thanking me but I was thanking the kids,â Sanders said. “I really needed it.”
The support group meets once a month to discuss and do different activities to cope with their loss. On Tuesday, Sanders and the kids had a fun evening at Dave & Buster’s. They started the evening by writing the names of their support system on a “sheet”, then played arcade games and had dinner together.
âJust because your parent isn’t there doesn’t mean you still can’t make them proud of who you’ve become and who you are becoming,â Sanders said. “It’s about pouring out good energy because when I’m dead and gone all that will really matter is how you treated people and what you did with the platform that you had. . “
Sanders has been actively involved in the community and has another event coming up on December 10, a benefit concert with country music artist Jon Langston at the Showplace Theater. Tickets cost $ 17 and the proceeds from the tickets benefit the foundation. Tickets can be purchased at emmanuelsandersfdn.org.