2009 is almost over. We can’t believe it either! We had an incredibly successful summer and came home to find even more people who want to get involved and show their support for the orphans of Rwanda. Here’s a short list of groups and individuals who amazed and humbled us with their dedication, time, and service, helping us raise much-needed funds and collecting in-kind donations for Hope Shines’ 2010 camps.
*Janee Powell, a high school senior from Philadelphia, ran a book-drive through her community organizations and collected almost 600 (yes–six hundred!) books for our kids in Rwanda. We must also recognize the folks at the YMCA of Philadelphia, the Library of Philadelphia and the parish of St. Charles Borromeo, who took part in Janee’s book drive. Your generosity will certainly aid in the education of many children!
*Tara Hopwood and the ladies of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Dickinson College have sold a bunch of Hope Shines candy grams, with all proceeds going to Hope Shines. In the process, they’ve raised several hundred dollars and have been key in informing their fellow students about the effects of the Rwandan genocide, on orphans in particular.
*Nancy Zolezzi and The Rotary Club of Williston Park donated funds and dental supplies–highly essential, but usually not affordable, for our kids in Rwanda.
*The amazing students at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury New York, and Mr. Tom Fitzpatrick, director of the school’s athletic department, have started a year-long drive to collect necessary items (like school and art supplies and sports equipment) that are expensive and hard to come by in Rwanda.
We regret that it’s impossible to name every individual who has graced us with their support. We are honored when anyone joins the Hope Shines community.
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Happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year! We’re sure 2010 will be better than ever!
Photograph by Stephanie Chu/Hope Shines