They haven't performed life-saving surgery or delivered cancer-killing chemotherapy;
They're not doctors or nurses. They're just ordinary, compassionate people like you. In communities all over America, they make Christmas merrier by "adopting" children battling killer diseases. Through the Hugs and Hope Elf Project, these "hug givers and hope builders" help suffering kids forget, for just a little while, that they are fighting for their lives.
Because families of critically ill kids are financially strapped due to medical bills, they often cannot afford luxuries like gifts and holiday dinner or decorations. Thanks to the help of strangers, these families won't have to go without this Christmas. The Elf Project, which is in its seventh year, is a big hit for families that might otherwise have no holiday celebration.
Seven-year-old Connor is a typical little boy who loves watching Scooby Doo with his dad and playing computer games; but Connor's life is not typical. He has endured radiation therapy, chemo therapy, and seven surgeries in his battle to beat a rare form of cancer. However, his experience has been made a little easier because of the kind sponsor who made his Christmas special.
But the kids aren't the only ones who benefit from this holiday program. Hugs and Hope founder, Marsha Jordan, says, "Joy is like peanut butter. When you spread it around, you can't help but get some on yourself." And volunteer "elves" say they receive as much (or maybe more) joy than they spread through this effort each year. Isn't that what giving from the heart is all about?
Thanks to the HUGS and HOPE Foundation's Elf Project, Santa will have a lot of help this year; and you too can be among those making the holidays merrier. This is the perfect family project, because volunteering draws families closer as they spend quality time together. It's also the perfect opportunity to teach your children about compassion and generosity.
Experience for yourself the satisfaction of creating some Christmas joy for a suffering child. Visit the Hugs and Hope web site at www.hugsandhope.org to read about the children featured there. Then volunteer to sponsor a child for the holidays.
Go ahead, get into the real spirit of Christmas and give a child -- as well as yourself -- a reason to smile this holiday season.
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To learn more about the HUGS and HOPE Club's Holiday Elf Project, contact the head elf herself, Marsha Jordan at hugsandhope@
OR call 715-282-7271
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About HUGS and HOPE: It is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit charity devoted to cheering critically ill children