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message from Sue Buck, Chairman:
Dress A Girl Around the World wants every little girl to own at least one dress.
They ask us to sew pillowcase dresses for Hope 4 Women International to distribute around the world. Teams and partners personally deliver the dresses to hundreds of little girls dreaming of a dress.
young and developing bodies need to be covered and protected from those
who would choose to exploit and abuse them. In Haiti, the incidence of
rape has increased since the earthquake. One in four children living in
Zimbabwe is orphaned as a result of parents dying of AIDS. Some of these
children are preyed upon by traffickers and sold!
Projects Committee member, Edith Dixon, sent me a newspaper article about
a great program, Surfers Healing. She learned about the program because
one of the surfer camps for children on the autism spectrum is held each
summer at Folly Beach, SC. This free program attracted 200 children and
their families from around the Southeast in 2012. Camps are held at beaches
in Canada, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Virginia, California, Rhode Island,
New Jersey, New York and Hawaii.
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience.
Healing is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a shoestring budget.
It takes approximately $75.00 per child to cover the cost of beach permits,
insurance, supplies, lunch for the child and his/her family, etc.
PEACE PALS Delivered by Former KDS Member
Pam Scarlata, former member of the Outreach Circle in the Ohio Branch, delivered 29 Peace Pals, plus many other donated items to an orphanage in Haiti run by Eyes Wide Open International.
While in Haiti, Pam put up a Christmas tree, helped the children make decorations, hosted a dance and pizza party, and shared many lessons about God's love while delivering scarves, dolls, lego sets, and bed quilts for the children and other gifts for the staff.
Pam moved to Alexandria,
Virginia to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, but she continues
to connect with KDS in our mission to "serve others In His Name."
For more information on this organization, please click on this link: http://www.knitting4peace.org/.
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