Gifts That Give Hope - Part 3

Gifts That Give Hope - Part 3

Three months from today is . . . CHRISTMAS! Only 91 shopping days left. Luckily, there’s a fantastic alternative to the mall madness that’s called “Gifts That Give Hope.” In a couple of previous posts, I explained the concept and described some of the nonprofit organizations that will be participating. Here are a few more:

Occupational Development Center was started in Lancaster in 1948 by a mother whose son had developmental disabilities. Originally, it was called the Child Development Center, and it was a place where children with developmental disabilities could get an education. (this was before public schools were required by law to provide this education to children with disabilities) Once public schools were required to educate ALL children, this organization evolved their mission to become a place for vocational training and employment in a “sheltered workshop” environment for adults with developmental disabilities. Their programs offer program participants a sense of independence and foster self-esteem by providing ways for them to contribute to the community through work.

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center of Lancaster County provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to children with disabilities and developmental delays, with the goal of “helping children turn disabilities into abilities.” They also offer recreational programs, pre-school and daycare, and family support groups and respite care.

Susquehanna Foundation for the Blind was created by the board of directors of the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired (SABVI) to “create breakthrough opportunities in employment and education for Americans who are blind” through college scholarships, internship programs and work-site preparation programs to help people who are blind to “build the careers of their choosing.” Founded in 1926, SABVI is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania.

A Lancaster mom and self-described “artist and activist” named Stephanie Cole started the Sweet Pea Project when she suffered the tragic loss of her infant daughter, Madeline, to stillbirth. Out of the pain of her grief, she started a program to offer support to other bereaved parents and her work has now extended all over the United States. She has also been an advocate to pass a bill in Pennsylvania to allow parents of a stillborn baby to obtain a birth certificate for their child.

In future posts, I’ll write about more of the nonprofit organizations participating in this year’s Gifts That Give Hope alternative gift fair. Meanwhile, be sure to put the date on your calendar (see details below). And if you can’t attend the Fair, they’ll have an online “store” to make your gift donations to any of these organizations.

Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM
WHERE: Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

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