As she was leaving the make-shift portrait studio, the mother turned to our photographer and handed her a note. Then she and her daughter left the studio, hugging and smiling with a bag full of basic personal care items and school supplies, to return to the vehicle they had been living in for the past few weeks. Carefully, I unfolded the handwritten note.
“Thank you so much for the first photo EVER of my daughter and I!” That alone hit our heartstrings, but it continued…“ I was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. BUT, I am forever thankful that my daughter will have this photo of us as a precious memory.”
This grateful mother and daughter were attending a Hope 4 Communities “Days 4 Hope” event, which provides homeless and at-risk children and their families with everything they need to begin the first day of school with dignity. That day was a first family portrait. We have provided many other firsts as well; first new backpack, first haircut, first dental exam, first pair of new shoes, and the list goes on. In 13 years, we served more than 22,793 vulnerable youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Hope 4 Communities is powered by volunteers and donors much like you. We work all year to prepare and organize ”Days 4 Hope” events. If you are able, please join me in supporting our most vulnerable children by becoming a “Champion 4 Hope.” Your recurring gift will provide critical funds to our community’s children.
There is no better time than right now to become a “Champion 4 Hope”. Two generous philanthropists will match your first month’s gift (applies to NEW monthly and annual donations) up to $10,000 each. That means a $100 monthly gift become a $300 gift the first month. Your generosity will be TRIPLED. Simply visit https://www.hope4c.us/donate to help us meet this challenge.
Thank you for your kind consideration of this urgent request. By becoming a “Champion 4 Hope” you can provide the most basic of needs to hundreds of homeless and underserved children living right here in our community.
Shelly & Cameron Betsch
Jim & Cean Cerny
Dean & Kelly Dancer
Jim & Christine Foubister
Mark & Pam Hawn
Tim & Cynthia Holiday
(from Children's World)
Jeff & Page Ligon
Pastor Andy & Kristy Meyer
Dennis & Graci McGillicuddy
Dr. Luis & Kara Montes
Jerry Parrish (from Master Tech FL)
Thomas & Susan Radcliffe
Renee Suzanne Sleight
Tri County Community Foundation
Greg & Brigitte Verissimo
Kathleen White (from Icon Premium Realty)