Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Here are thank you notes that I have received from both Save the Children for our monetary and hat donation, and from the Orphan Foundation, for our donation of red scarves from our previous charity, the Red Scarf Project:

Dear Abigail,

Thank you for your donation to Save the Children. With the
support of friends like you, brighter futures await children
and families in need.

We value your support and invite you to visit our web site
to find out ways that you can get involved at
http://savethechildren.org/get-involved .

Save the Children
54 Wilton Road
Westport , CT 06880

Orphan Foundation of America Thanks YOU!

Dear friend of OFA:

Every year, we receive hundreds of messages of gratitude from young people in OFA programs. Consider this letter that came in from Jazzlynne, a senior in California:

Jazzy A
"I am a scholarship recipient of OFA. At 14 years old, I found myself in a completely new environment with strangers - foster care. At 15, my biological parents' rights were terminated. At 17, I had to figure out how to support myself through college.

"For the last four years, OFA has readied me financially and emotionally to attend college, helped me to understand the importance of networking, aided me by providing a one-on-one mentor and a career counselor (two people dedicated to encouraging my goals!), while providing the warmth and wisdom only found in close and sincere relationships.

"I support this program wholeheartedly. I cannot imagine making it through college without the wonderful people I have met through OFA. I am graduating in the Spring with a 3.85 GPA, obtaining a BA in Psychology, my long-time goal. Without OFA, I do not know where I would be."

There is no better way to express gratitude for your support than to introduce you to students like Jazzlynne -- youth aging out of foster care who are succeeding in college and specialized training programs, and preparing to enter the workforce as young professionals. With your continued help, they are fulfilling their potential in ways that enrich their communities and make our country stronger.

To meet more students like Jazzlynne, click HERE to visit OFA's new page onYouTube.

On behalf of our staff and thousands of students, OFA sends heartfelt thanks to our generous donors, volunteers, mentors, Red Scarf contributors, and other supporters. Individually and collectively, you are making a difference. We wish you the very best for the New Year!


Eileen McCaffrey
Executive Director

21351 Gentry Drive, Suite 130 / Sterling, VA 20166 / (571) 203-0270 / www.orphan.org

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