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December 2010

posted Dec 6, 2010, 5:34 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated Dec 6, 2010, 5:50 PM ]

 

... providing opportunity for children to blossom...

 

 

December 6, 2010 

  

In this issue:

Angels of the Month

House of Angels Update

Shoes for orphanage Satnoeba

Lake Norman Celebration

 

 

"One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.”


~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

 

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"One would give generous alms

if one had the eyes to see the beauty

of a cupped receiving hand.”


~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~

Angels of the Month
House of Angels, Romania

 

For those of us who are adoptive moms, especially of children who were once abandoned or orphaned, it is hard for us to imagine (nor do we want to imagine) the end result had our child remained in the care of a state institution. Each and every time our child reaches a milestone we are reminded just how fortunate we are that they were one of the chosen few "allowed" to have a family. 

 

Maria and Marin Daragiu's mother was one of those who was not so fortunate. As an orphan, she was raised in various State orphanages in Romania. The result was not as devastating as many who have walked in her shoes. She did not end up living on the streets or in the sewers as many (if not most) do when they age out of the system. She handled the situation better than most, eventually marrying and having two beautiful children. BUT, still... life is a struggle. Having no education and having a husband who is also uneducated with only occasional jobs, they struggle daily to provide for their children. Their daughter Maria also suffers from epilepsy which further complicates the situation. Because of all these challenges, this mother understands the value of educating her children so that they may one day experience a better life.

 

Fortunate for this mother and her beautiful Maria and Marin, House of Angels has managed to stay afloat for at least another year thanks to "Team Keep Hope Alive". And thanks to those of you who share a little of your good fortune each month, Maria and Marin are now eating healthy and nutritious meals daily, are receiving help with their school work and are offered encouragement to rise above their poverty stricken situations so that they may one d ay fulfill their mother's dream of this "better life". 

 

We are so grateful for you generous souls who have "seen the beauty of a cupped receiving hand".

House of Angels Update

 

Because of Team "Keep Hope Alive", services (though limited) have continued at House of Angels and what a blessing! What a tragedy had this team not been so willing to share their good fortune. For the children who have been coming to HoA for many years there has been so much improvement. They are better behaved and more polite, they are now making good grades in school and passing whereas before they were struggling and having to repeat grades. Because of this, the families are much more optimistic about their children's futures.

 

The HoA children are already in the Christmas spirit! There are 10 new children participating in the After School Respite Program. For them, this is something new! Having never experienced a real Christmas celebration, they can only imagine what the other children tell them... "there will be a big pine with lots of candies and we can eat them when Vicky is not looking but we have to wrap the paper back!" ....and...

 

 

 

... "Santa comes if we behave. You can see him out of the window coming along the building . He brings us toys and sweets." The new participants listen with very big eyes and they are behaving very well, listening to Vicky like little robots, in hopes that their behavior will be rewarded by a visit from Santa soon!
 

Orphanage Satnoeba, Republic of Georgia

 

We want to thank those of you who have supported this project! Because of your generosity and the funds we raised at our recent silent auction, we have started this ball rolling and we are hopeful that the children at this orphanage will have new shoes as part of their Orthodox Christmas holiday celebration on January 7th. We will keep you posted! 

 

Lake Norman Weekend Celebration

 

The weekend just prior to Thanksgiving was one of celebration and gave us much to be thankful for.

 

Buddy Benefit

The Buddy Benefit Concert at Davidson College kicked off this weekend celebration... celebrating the gifts that children with special needs bring to our Lake Norman community. It was an unforgettable evening for all who attended. The Generals, The Delilahs & Androgyny did an amazing job and all of the children who partook enjoyed joining their college buddies on stage.

 

A huge thanks to The Buddy System of Davidson College, Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the A Cappella groups for all of their hard work on behalf of children with special needs in the Lake Norman community.
 

The funds raised at this concert will be used to send Lake Norman's children with special needs to therapeutic camps and programs, via Angels in Need, Inc.

 

AiN Silent Auction

The weekend celebration continued at our Angels in Need Silent Auction. We raised well over $4,000 to be used to help provide opportunity for angels in need, both in our Lake Norman community and abroad at House of Angels and Orphanage Satnoeba.

 

Little Parker & Mia Cheney came bearing pennies

they had saved for "angels in need"... 

 

 

 

... and Sarah, Toast Cafe employee,

donated back her winnings from a 50/50 lottery...

 

 

.... serving as an inspiration to all who attended
that indeed most everyone can share a little of their fortune

with those who are in greater need and

that indeed their is beauty in a "cupped receiving hand".

 

We cannot thank Toast Cafe of Davidson enough for their hospitality and offering up their space and all the wonderful delicacies for us to enjoy. It was another beautiful evening and we so appreciate all who donated items, all who volunteered their time and all who attended in order to make the evening a success. 

 

A Community Effort

This weekend celebration was the result of a community working together. We are so grateful that our community is so willing to work with us... from moms and dads... to kids... to college students... to local business owners... to family and friends... to teachers and schools... to other area non-profit organizations. 

 

Hopefully, with each little bit of awareness we spread, our Lake Norman community will grow in understanding and compassion; and the better equipped it will be to embrace all of these beautiful children, teens and young adults.... all the while raising a little money to provide "angels in need" with a little more opportunity than they had before... a little more opportunity to grow and blossom :)

 

Thanks to everyone who supported the efforts of this weekend celebration!!!

 

Now... isn't there beauty in a "cupped receiving hand"?

 

"Although the world is full of suffering,

it is full also of the overcoming of it."

 

~ Helen Keller ~

September 6, 2010

posted Sep 17, 2010, 3:21 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated Sep 17, 2010, 3:24 PM ]

... providing opportunity for children to blossom...

 

 

Update

September 6, 2010
 

 

Local efforts:

LKN Exceptional Children

 

Efforts abroad: 

House of Angels, Romania

Republic of Georgia

 

 

 

 

"The value of a man resides in what he gives
and not in what he is capable of receiving.”


~ Albert Einstein ~
 

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Our sincerest gratitude...

 

We cannot thank you enough for considering joining us in our mission.

Without you we would be unable to provide opportunity for children to blossom.

House of Angels, Romania
In Danger of Closing Down!
Operation "Keep Hope Alive!"

 

Having one of its own under our care, Romania and its children hold a special place in our hearts. We began working with House of Angels six years ago, shortly after our first adoption and it has been both an honor and a privilege to work with Simona, Founder and Director of HoA, to help provide love and nourishment for the impoverished, abandoned and disabled children in her small Romanian community. It has been unbelievably rewarding to witness the wonderful opportunity offered to the children she serves... opportunity to overcome circumstances... opportunity that many of you, her supporters, have provided.

 

 

The past few months, however, have been a very difficult and challenging time for House of Angels, both financially and bureaucratically. So, Simona is now in the process of contemplating the future path of HoA. 

 

In order to continue her vital work, HoA is in great need of ongoing funding and supporters who are willing to help monthly. As you can imagine, providing children with physical therapy, help with schoolwork, nutritious meals, and a warm, comfortable environment, comes at quite a cost. Funding that she can rely on from month to month is her single greatest need and an absolute necessity for her to continue.

 

We cannot adequately stress how great the need is among these children and what a wonderful opportunity HoA provides not only its children but each of us to share what we have with those who have either nothing at all or so very little.

 

If you would consider being a part of the team that keeps this hope alive by pledging monthly donations... your generosity would be most appreciated. You can email us your pledge of commitment by the end of September (donations to begin the beginning of October) to info@angelsinneed.org. Depending on the level of commitment, Simona will, at the end of this month, let us know whether or not she can continue helping the children by providing the programs outlined in her recent letter to her supporters and we will let you know how to go about making the actual monthly donations.  

 

We are asking now, more than ever before, for the sake of these children, please help us keep hope alive!

 

Click here for more info on our work with House of Angels.

 

 

Lake Norman Special Needs:
Operation "Enrichment"

 

100% of "Angels in Need" work is done on a volunteer basis. There are no salaries involved and there is no facility overhead. Through the help of our "Exceptional Moms" we are able to provide much of what we offer for Lake Norman's exceptional children and their families at no cost.

 

However, one of our goals is to provide scholarships for children to attend local programs and camps that help enrich their lives and provide them with a sense of belonging in the community, fun activities with trained professionals who come equipped with knowledge and expertise to handle their special needs, and rare and much needed social outlets. These children are rarely invited to play, rarely invited to parties... so these activities are vital for providing them with opportunity for social interaction and a sense of community.

 

Parenting a child with special needs can be extremely costly and overwhelming, so offering these scholarships helps provide these children with opportunity they might otherwise not be able to afford, as well as provide the families with some much needed relief and rejuvenation time.

 

If you would like to sponsor a local Lake Norman child by paving the way for him/her to attend a local program or camp, sponsorships can be in the amounts of $50 or $100, or you may donate any amount you like to go towards a scholarship.

 

Your gift will be received with much gratitude and welcomed relief from a family.

 

Click here to provide a scholarship. Please designate your gift for "Lake Norman Special Needs".

 

Click here to learn more about what we offer to Lake Norman's exceptional children and their families.

 

 

Red Cross Society, Republic of Georgia:
Operation "Happy Feet"

 

In 2005, when we traveled to Republic of Georgia to bring our second daughter home, we witnessed first hand what a thrill a new pair of shoes is to a child who has no home and no thing to call their own. It was both amazing and sad to see just how little it took to excite the children. So we have decided to do the same for the children in the "Orphanage Satnoeba" where our daughter might very well be living now, had she not joined our family. 

 

 
We are currently asking for $37 donations in order to purchase new shoes for 42 children living in this Tbilisi orphanage.
 
If you are interested in providing a new pair of shoes for one of these children, a donation of $37 can be made hereBe sure to designate your gift for "Republic of Georgia".
 
You can rest assured your gift will brighten a child's day.  

 

 

 

"Although the world is full of suffering,

it is full also of the overcoming of it."

 

~ Helen Keller ~

 

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