Fall is a busy time at Hope and a Home! Along with preparing for the holidays and for many fundraising activities, we are involved with community outreach. Every fall, we visit several schools in the Washington, DC area with the Help the Homeless program, and present information on the plight of homelessness in our area to children from pre-k to high school age. It is heartwarming to see youth so excited about helping those less fortunate than themselves, and possessing a real sense of civic responsibility.
One of our presentations was at an affluent, private school in the suburbs of Washington. The students listened politely as we conveyed information about homeless through storytelling, interactive activities and song. After our presentation, a request is relayed to the parents for a donation to the program. This year, our presentation at the school moved "Chad", a 7 year-old, to really be inspired. Chad had opened a checking account with his parents a few months back. He had saved up his money and knew the account was for special occasions. Chad wrote own his donation with his own starter check. He even donated $2 above the minimum amount. His teacher said how Chad was so proud to be able to help Hope and a Home on his own.
In this season of giving, it is uplifting to see how people of all ages are motivated to help others. Won't you help with a donation to our cause through Global Giving? A donation at this time can help our participants stay warm this winter and help them stay on track as they are taking strides to break the cycle of poverty and gain stability in their lives.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.