Helping Others Help Themselves

HERE IS THE PROBLEM: Dealing with the extra financial strain of a sick child can leave a family looking to their friends and family for help.  Thousands of parents have gone to fundraising sites in hopes of receiving donations that would help bridge the financial gap.  However, there are problems with trying to raise funds this way.

* While these online fundraising sites are free to set up, as much as 10% or more of every donation is held back by the site for processing fees, software costs, credit card fees and transaction fees.
* The donors may not get a receipt for the tax deductible contribution.
* Most families don’t know how to do fundraisers or how to use these sites.
* The parents should be focusing on the child’s recovery rather than being a professional fundraiser.

HERE IS A POSSIBLE SOLUTION:  The RAISING HOPE Project

Steven’s Hope has been working on a fundraising solution to help families deal with their stressful finances.  It’s the Steven’s Hope way to help families help themselves.

Qualified families will be able to create their own “Family” page on the Raising Hope site. and gets these benefits as well.

*  Steven’s Hope provides families their own sites and absorbs 100% of the cost of the site.
*  Steven’s Hope will help the family build a “team of support” to raise funds
*  Donors will get tax deductible receipts since the donation was made to Steven’s Hope, a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
*  Steven’s Hope will work with the “team of support” to manage the website and host manageable fundraisers.
*  Families will be able to turn in expenses incurred on behalf of their child.
*  Each participating family may receive a matching grant from Steven’s Hope for up to $500.*

Raising Hope site can be found at http://support.stevenshope.org. Participant sites are available for signups immediately.  Family sites are approved after review and will be limited.

For more information, please send an email to raisinghope@stevenshope.org with RAISING HOPE in the subject line.

*Grants for Raising Hope families may be available depending on available funding and based on criteria that is subject to change without notice. For details, call the Development Department at Steven’s Hope for Children.  909-373-0678.

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The WAY Project (Wonderland All Year)

A Lot of Good helps a lot of families each year, especially during the holidays.  The support families receive at the end of the year is amazing.  But, ALOG realized that many families struggle throughout the year just making ends meet.  It’s not from a lack of trying, or effort – the situation is extremely challenging financially.

To help families deal with these challenges, The Wonderland All Year, or WAY Project was created to keep the joy and support of the Christmas season alive throughout the year.  Selected families receive a distribution of gift cards each month to help offset expenses. Gift cards for $100 in groceries, $100 in gasoline and $100 of clothing for their children at the A Lot of Good Thrift Store come every month to make life a little bit easier.

While that might be enough for most, for A Lot of Good, it wasn’t.

On each child’s birthday (the sick child and all the siblings), a small gift or gift card is sent to celebrate.  Families are invited to join in on the fun at Family Day four times per year for shopping at the A Lot of Good Thrift Store including making crafts, playing games, and having tasty snacks. Each school age child receives a back pack stuffed with school supplies preparing them for a new school year. There’s the turkey dinner for the family at Thanksgiving, complete with all the trimmings.  And, of course, Winter Wonderland!

The total benefit to each family varies but is around $5,000 to $6,000 per family.  That’s a huge weight to lift from a parent.  Most of all, it helps the family get some stability, knowing that food and gas and clothing is coming.  That’s the WAY.

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PROJECT: LoveBox

Children and parents can spend hours in a hospital or clinic waiting room with nothing to do.  Knowing that for many, especially those receiving chemotherapy, this is an often repeated process with nothing to necessarily look forward to or to make the time pass more quickly.

PROJECT: LoveBox is a way that children and their parents can know that someone is thinking of them and that we care.  It’s not hard, it’s not expensive, it’s not overly time consuming.  What it is a great way for friends, group, families and staff to work together for the benefit of another person.  The result is a feeling of gratitude for the one giving and the one receiving this small offering.

So, to make a LoveBox, review the list of acceptable items, gather them up or go shopping for them.  When all your stuffing is done, get your LoveBox from A Lot of Good or just get a shoe box and put all the age/gender appropriate items in the box.  Be sure to mark the age & gender of the LoveBox contents. Then, bring it to:

1980 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA  91786

Once received, your completed LoveBoxes will be inventoried and distributed to one of many area hospitals and treatment centers. Here is just a short list:

  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Transplant Unit
  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital NICU
  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital – Fontana: Pediatric Oncology

This is a wonderful opportunity to get young kids involved in a project as individuals or as a Troop.  For more information call the office at 909-233-7825

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