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Featured Charity: New Hope for Kids
Experiencing death, serious illness and despair is often overwhelming, but there is always hope, and since 1996 there has been New Hope for Kids.
It is hard enough for adults to deal with the grief and pain associated with illness and death, imagine how it would be to cope as a child? As one of Central Florida’s oldest wish-fulfillment organizations, New Hope for Kids grants approximately 50 wishes annually to children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses and helps approximately 300 children and families through specialized support for grieving the loss of a loved one each year – providing support to more than 5,000 children since its inception in 1996.
Who does New Hope for Kids support?
Serving children, ages 3-18, and families in six counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, and Polk), New Hope for Kids grants wishes to children through the Children’s Wish Program and supports children and families grieving the death of a loved one through the Center for Grieving Children.
How can you help New Hope for Kids?
The need is ongoing but with the economic conditions, New Hope for Kids has especially needed help during the holiday season with our food and holiday drives. Panera Bread helps with their Holiday Toy drive by placing a tree with tags of our children in various locations in Central Florida and this is a great way for companies and their employees to get involved.
Additional ways that individuals or groups can help include: (Click here for a full list)
- Make a gift by supporting New Hope for Kids in your workplace giving program, send them a check, or click here to make your donation online now.
- Donate products or services such as printing, lawn care, house maintenance and repairs, along with several other items listed on their “wish list.”
- Over 200 volunteers and 40 grief facilitators currently help New Hope for Kids fulfill its mission. Part of what makes New Hope for Kids so successful is that so many people, from all walk of life give back.
3. Sponsor a child:
- Through fundraising, donations or by sponsoring or hosting a wish, anyone can be part of a New Hope for Kids wish.
- It costs approximately $1,000 for one child to participate in New Hope for Kids grief program for one year, but New Hope for Kids does not require any family to pay for services. Since they do not receive funding from government agencies or the United Way, they rely heavily on charitable donations by individuals, corporations, foundations and community service organizations in Central Florida.
4. Refer a family:
- There are many individuals out there who don’t know what to do or who to turn to for help in this situation. Help spread the word about the services New Hope for Kids offers.
What kind of impact will my donation have?
With a $100 donation, New Hope for Kids can:
- Send two kids to Grief camp – overnight
- Cover a month of art supplies at the Grieving Center for Children
- Provide arts & crafts supplies for Wish & Grief Camp in Christmas, FL
- Supply refreshments for a Wish Celebration
- Help cover airfare for a wish child’s trip of a lifetime
- Provide Gifts of siblings of wish child
- Cover ten lunches for our parents support groups each month
- Provide two months of juice boxes and snacks
- Replace 2nd story fire ladder at Grieving Center
- Recognize our dedicated volunteers with perks along the way to show appreciation for their hard work & support
When: June 21 – 23, 2012
Where: Orlando, Florida
Who should attend? Anyone who works with children, teens and families should attend. Grief and loss is something that all children face. This Symposium will give attendees the tools, strategies, knowledge and resources to support grieving children, teens and families in their communities.
Click here to register and learn more!
When: July 19th, 20th and 21st
Where: Across the country
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Connect with New Hope for Kids:
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewHopeforKids
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/newhope_forkids
View our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/newhopeforkids