Caring for Children – The MaDee Project

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Earlier this month, one of my client’s requested that their Win Win For a Cause donation (a portion of my commission donated in lieu of a traditional closing gift) be given to a one of our newest charities – The MaDee Project. I am so pleased that my clients chose this deserving organization providing such a meaningful service right here in the Valley. This wonderful organization helps children with pediatric cancer and their families through the hardest times of their lives. Please take a moment to learn about The MaDee Project and the amazing work they do right here in The Valley.

The MaDee Project is a non-profit foundation that provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families in the Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County areas. The project will also nationally fund research in the hopes of finding the cause and help to pediatric cancers from reaching any other children.

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MaDee’s determination, love for her family and friends, as well as her strong spirit while battling this disease became the inspiration of this project, ensuring that her legacy lives on. If MaDee were physically here with us today, ‘she would be holding children under her wing, teaching, guiding, and comforting them, especially those diagnosed with cancer.’ This project is a way of showing the community that MaDee’s legacy lives on, providing hope, help, and healing to children with pediatric cancer and their families.

There are many ways to support this worthy organization. Donate while you shop, it can be that easy – simply make your normal online purchases through AmazonSmile or use your Kroger Plus Card (please register online HERE) when grocery shopping. For additional ways to donate or volunteer, please visit the MaDee website.

 

 

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A Place Called Home

Welcome Home

“Home” means so much to so many. It’s a place where we feel safe… where we can be ourselves… where we can be with our friends, family, and loved ones. Most of all, home is where a community comes together. Home is where the heart is.

Circle Kids for Front PageA Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world.  At A Place Called Home, caring staff, supporters and volunteers come together to provide South Central children and teens 8 years old – 21 years old with love, safety, enrichment, training, and opportunities through educational programscounseling, and mentorship. After-school, weekend, and all-day summer programs and services include tutoring and homework support, as well as a full spectrum of instruction in the arts, athletics, dance and music. Our high school dropout recovery partnership with LAUSD is open in the mornings and they provide year-round support for college preparation, SAT tutoring, and college counseling and scholarships.  The children ARE our future… it’s not just a song, so finding ways to help troubled youth can certainly be very beneficial.  Having a place to grow, learn and do better things with your life (HOME) is essential to a child.a-place-called-home-logo2

How often do you think about child hunger?

We are full of food choices, with restaurants on every corner, markets adjacent to one another, and convenience stores galore. Leftovers are continuously thrown away, without a care, while right outside our doors, across the country, and beyond, there are hungry children.

You local food banks do their best to make food available for underprivileged children and their families, but over the last several months food donations have diminished. Replenishing those supplies in your own community provides hope for those children in need.  214_dkserve

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, located in Charlottesville, exists for a few very simple reasons: Food sustains life. It restores options. It provides hope. They are an emergency food assistance agency that serves more than 120,000 people each month, a record in the Food Bank’s history. Last year, they distributed more than 17 million meals to hungry families across the Blue Ridge. The number increases every year.

Disciples Kitchen in Waynesboro, and Valley Mission in Staunton rely on outside help to attempt to meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, spiritual encouragement and personal growth for the homeless and hungry of our community.

You can visit their websites to support those children in your community or bring non-perishable foods directly to their drop off places.  Whatever you can give will be of help.

 

 

 

The Starlight Fund

Starlight started in 2001 when a Real Estate III agent discovered a local family in need.  After sharing that need with office colleagues, Starlight was born!  As more and more needs came into light, the real estate agents and staff came to the rescue.  The program became such a success, a bank account was opened and a Starlight Committee was formed.  Instead of passing the hat when needs arose, the Committee began active fundraising so more needs could be met.  Starlight gets numerous calls from welfare departments in the area with different needs.  Families experiencing difficult times because of circumstances that they can’t control don’t always have someone to turn to.  Those people can turn to Starlight.  The journey continues….

The Starlight Fund is initiated by a group of very caring individuals helping to make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate in their community.  There is no defined “need”, they provide help where it’s needed.  The Starlight Fund raises money and support with numerous events and fundraisers including silent auctions and dinner/dance parties.

On March 17th they will hold a Red Carpet Dinner/Dance at Gypsy Hill Place in Staunton, VA (Call me at 434-994-9699 if you’d like tickets).  The tickets cost $35 per person and $60 for a couple.  They ask that you dress up as your favorite Hollywood Celeb and walk the red carpet.  The best costume will win a CASH prize!  There will be a lovely, catered dinner served and professional DJ keeping everyone’s feet tapping.

If you’d like more information about the Starlight Fund, you can find them on Facebook or call Susan Accord at 540.885.3339.  Please support the Starlight Fund and help those in need in the Shenandoah Valley!  Read below about our most recent contributions to the area.

Presents bought, wrapped and being delivered to another family
Starlight adopted this year for Christmas. This time it is a family we
adopted from an area elementary school that wouldn’t have Christmas
at all without someone helping.

 

 

 

 

Starlight’s Karen Rodgers presenting a check to Ruth Jones at
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  Our goal is to help as many
people we can this year with the money we raised at our fundraising
events. It is so rewarding to give especially this time of year.