Our story began just like most typical stories…
Once upon a time, two young people met, they fell in love, got married, had children and they lived happily ever after. The End.
Hmmm…does that happen to anyone??? You see, I am a planner and I had known since I was a little girl that I was going to have three little girls, they were all going to look the same, behave wonderfully, wear cute little dresses and life was going to be just perfect. But what I quickly discovered is that when we make awesome plans like these, God laughs and usually gives us just the opposite, thus my three boys who look and behave quite differently, often to be found in muddy or tattered boy clothes in our life that’s anything but perfect. And that’s just the beginning to our story.
The Happy Hope Bag Project was born from the idea that together we can all make a difference and bring HOPE to life for children who are hospitalized. Conor’s parents quickly realized that many families had spent their life savings on treatment for their children, yielding a simple box of crayons as a luxury item and not a necessity. Through an incredible donation by ViaCord, Message of Hope Foundation will distribute 20,000 bags to children in US Children’s Hospitals in 2013 & 2014.
The mission of the foundation is to deliver hope to children with special needs and chronic illnesses. But we need your help to reach our goals. Foundation goals for 2013 & 2014:
Fill and distribute 20,000 “Happy Hope Bags” in 2013 & 2014, increase volume by 10,000 bags/year
Recruit 200 “Hope Heroes” to sign the designated 20,000 bags
Expand “Seeing Hope” program to provide eyeglasses to 250 visually impaired children/year, covered in full
Create “Embracing Hope” and “Restoring Hope” initiatives, providing leg braces and respite care to those we serve nationwide
Partner with 100 corporate sponsors and 250 schools to continue building the reach of the “Happy Hope Bag” project and “Seeing Hope” initiative
Implement national roll-out plan to reach children with special needs & chronic illness at major/select Children’s Hospitals across the country
To complete these goals, we need to raise $200,000 by the end of 2014. We can do it!