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Hello Ladies...I have been working on my  fundraising campaign for Project Children this year. Many of you Fabulously generous ladies have donated to us in years past and purchased our raffle tickets ( they are not in yet, when they are in I’ll let you all know!) and that is so appreciated...the gifts you ladies send always go over so well on the auction table! So Thank You! So now..it is time once again to ask for...taaa dahhh you got it...Donations. anything and i mean anything from a beautiful homeade bracelet to a $5. gas gift card to a fragrant candle gift set is so appreciated!. The smallest and largest donations are so appreciated!  I really need help is soliciting donations..it’s 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE! I have my donation letter, mission statement and tax ID for any of you who may want to help me out soliciting donations AND I REALLY CANNOT TELL YOU  HOW MUCH IT WOULD MEAN.I usually start pounding the pavement on Dr. Martin Luther King day because the kids are off of school and they can help but i have been so sick i do not have anything in this years bank to start...Now I KNOW the good Lord will provide. He always does but we have a dozen children to return here and have to raise $1000 for each one of them. If you take a child for the first time it doesn’t cost you anything until they get here then you have to feed them and treat them like one of your own, but for us families who are repeating...we have to request our child and send in a check with the request. You fall in love with these kids...they are awesome, mature, snart, funny...just good kids. I will post the donation letter with this blog. IF any of you are in the Pa, Nj, De, Md or New York area and would consider being a host family We sure could use you.It’s easy...the children come the last Thursday of June and return to Ireland the last week of July. They are YOURS while they are here. You will have a written, legal signed document from the child’s parents saying you are allowed to act on the childs’ behalf, You can be single, married, with children, without, a grandparent who takes care of their grandkids in the summer. These children need a summer of peace and friendship. I have the organizations website projectchildren.org
There is facebook.com/projectchildren to hear from past children and host families. This is a wonderful life changing program for these kids and has been for us and our own children. This will be my 13th summer as a host mom. My children love it, my husband loves it, the children we host love it.
No reason to not try it if you have an extra bed, cot, futon....we’ve had kids on foam mattresses on the floor one year when we have about 5 children staying...we all had a ball!

 You do not have to do anything special with them....if you are going on vacation that’s fine, they can travel with you anywhere in the continetal US..if you are going to Mexico or Canada I will give you the child’s passport, otherwise I hold it. Now here is the kicker. If it is not working out...I take the child, you bring them to us, we try to mediate...if its not a resolvable issue..we let them sty with us or a back up host family...you are in a win win situation but at least 4 out of 5 families fall in love with the children they host. They children do bring some spending money..usually enough to last them the 4 weeks. you hold the money and budget it for them.  

Ok i could and do go on and on because this program is my passion in life besides my own family. I love it, I believe in it, Im good at what i do and i have happy host families a huge majority of the time..if i didn’t and it was a pain in the a$$ I wouldn’t do it...its not a paid position I work my butt off for this program just to see those kids smiling when they get off the plane...its worth a million bucks!

Check out my donation letter below...Tax ID and mission statement available upon request. Thank you for letting me ramble :)

DONATION LETTER  

Project Children
Marie Hempsey-Philadelphia area coordinator
EMAIL: Irishree5@gmail.com
Cell: 609-330-4484
Or message me on Facebook @ facebook.com/irishree

Project Children brings children from the flashpoint, sectarian areas of Northern Ireland to the United States for 4 weeks each summer. The children picked to come over are chosen by their teachers, principals and counselors. They are considered to be the children that would benefit most by travelling with the program.
Over 22, 000 children have come to America since 1976 when Project Children was started. These children do not come here for anything more than a summer of peace and friendship. Our ongoing efforts to provide these children with a real summer vacation as opposed to the one they would have at home, behind barricades and dodging projectiles, relies largely on the generous spirit of our host families. Year after year our host families open their hearts and homes to these children and make them apart of their own families without hesitation.
We would not be able to continue year after year without the support of our local businesses, our private donations from friends and family, local charitable organizations and you,
It cost us $1000./ child for 4 weeks. With that $1000. they get round trip airfare, health insurance while they are here and a coach bus to pick them up at JFK International in New York upon arrival and a coach bus to take them back, Each year we rely completely on donations of merchandise and gift cards for our Chinese auction tables and Raffles items for our bigger ticket table at our annual Project Children benefit and cash donations to help us get our benefit set up and raise the funds we need for this years' guests! Our benefit this year will be held on April 21st with the Chinese auction beginning sharply at 6 pm. Drinks, homemade food and live music will immediately follow the auction. Contact me for more details.
This year, many young guests will once again come to the Philadelphia/ Southern New jersey area...right here in the West Deptford, Mantua and Woodbury areas we will be graced with the presence of these deserving , adorable children. We need host families as much as we need donations. So if you can find it in your heart to open your home, you will not be disappointed. The area coordinator promises and has over many years, to help out any family who brings a guest child and has any problems, but over her 12 years of doing this she has only had to intervene maybe 3 times. If you need any further information, please contact Marie at the above cell number, email address or facebook page.




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