Each year, we volunteer our time to local non-profit agencies that work to provide justice, hope, and healing to abused children in Tarrant County.
Elizabeth Gordon, event co-chair Lisa Nichols, event co-chair
Destiny Mills, student co-chair
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BUY A PROJECT HOPE BRACELET TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE EVENT!
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PROJECT HOPE 2012
THE NEWTOWN MEMORIAL BRACELET
a special fundraiser for one of the worst traumas to affect children.
On December 14, 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in a small Connecticut town. He shot and killed 6 administrators and 20 children ages 5-6. He traumatized thousands more. Days before the biggest holiday for children, families were burying their young children. I had the esteemed honor of getting to know several people in Connecticut. Their grief, warmth, and resiliency touched me deeply. In 2012, instead of visiting a local agency, we reached out to the other side of the country. Our goal: to raise about $50 for the Newtown Memorial Fund to help those directly affected by the massacre. Our result: $1000 raised by selling the Newtown Memorial Bracelet. Made by Lisa Nichols, people from all over the US and even Canada purchased this bracelet. ~ Lisa Nichols
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Thank you so much for all those who helped touch this amazing community of families.
...helping brave children one day at a time.
Lisa Nichols, co-chair Elizabeth Gordon, co-chair
A group of 17 caring adult volunteers visited The Assessment Center on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to share hope, fun, laughter, and joy with the children. With the generous support of donors, the children made personalized Hope Boxes, and participated in face-painting, painting ceramics, cookie-decorating, manicures, and even had their pictures taken with Willie, the Certified Therapy Dog!
Inside each Hope Box was this little reminder:
The Story of the Hope Box
It's nothing special
until you make it so.
Make it your own
ready, set, go!
Fill it with things
that make you feel good.
Whatever makes you want to
smile if you would.
The picture, ball, bear,
bubbles, and card
will get you started
for times that are hard.
We give this to you
with a hug, wish, and guide:
to remember you're not alone
and we're always on your side.
Fill the box with memories,
feelings, and your dreams,
and HOPE will carry you
through many things.
(c) Lisa Nichols
Karen Bailey & Willie
The event was a true success for the children and volunteers. We knew it was a success when the kids asked us to come back every Saturday! Thank you to all the generous volunteers and donors who gave so passionately to a group of amazing children. We will never forget the children we met. We can't wait to get started on PROJECT HOPE 2012!
The Assessment Center of Tarrant County is a 24-hour, 40-bed facility that provides a safe and nurturing temporary home for children (ages 0-17) who are currently in the care of Children?s Protective Services. While at the Assessment Center children receive medical, dental, psychological, educational, recreational, and psychiatric services in a healing environment. The Assessment Center of Tarrant County is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit corporation that is funded in part by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.
For more information about The Assessment Center, please visit their website.
To report known or suspected child abuse, call 1-800-252-5400. Calls are confidential.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mother Teresa
A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees a woman, walking slowly, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.
"Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?," he asks.
"Because the tide is going out and if I don’t, they will die," replied the woman.
"But," said the young man, "don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, you won’t make any difference at all."
The woman bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. "It made a difference to that one."
The Starfish Story is the inspiration behind PROJECT HOPE.