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Project Linus

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, non profit organization, with a two-fold mission:

First, it is its mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, homemade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers".

Second, it is its mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

Our own Sharon Kurth, an avid knitter, is proud to be a chapter coordinator for Project Linus. For information on how you can participate, please visit the Project Linus website at www.projectlinus.org, or write Sharon at: sharon@theinternationalkitchen.com or OPWE_PROJECTLINUS@yahoo.com.



Toys For Tots

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

For information on how you can participate, please visit www.toysfortots.org, or write mtftf@toysfortots.org.



Feeding America's Hungry Children

Feeding America's Hungry Children (FAHC), provided services to 13 member agencies in 8 States throughout America. Feeding America’s Hungry Children’s network of more than 17 regional food banks and food-rescue organizations serves 16 states by distributing food and grocery products to approximately 100 local charitable hunger relief agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, Community Kitchens, and other organizations that provide emergency food assistance.

The efficiency of operation resulted in that 99% of all product and money donations received by Feeding America’s Hungry Children went directly towards feeding hungry people rather than administration or fundraising.

For information on how you can participate, please visit www.feedingahc.org, or write info@feedingahc.org.



Smile Train

Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.

Smile Train is the world’s leading cleft charity with thousands of partners and programs in 78 of the world’s poorest countries. Their mission is to help the millions of children in developing countries who are suffering with unrepaired clefts by providing free cleft surgery to children from desperately poor families, giving them not just a new smile, but a new life. Now in its tenth year, Smile Train has helped over 600,000 children.

For information on how you can participate, please visit www.smiletrain.org.



East Village Youth Program


The non-profit organization East Village Youth Program has worked as a college resource and support center for low-income, Latino youth in Chicago and the surrounding area since 1989. They not only encourage but prepare these youths for a college education through short-term and long-term programs that increase awareness about college as a possibility. When those youths reach college, EVYP continues to support them as they complete their education and begin their careers in their chosen field.

As a part of supporting Latino youth, EVYP focuses on after-school programming for students both in elementary and high school levels by offering character education, college and career exploration, goal setting, and service learning. They also offer outreach services in the community, as well as information for parents so they too can encourage and support their children as they work towards college. Additionally, EVYP offers mentoring and tutoring, and college scholarships for all students who successfully complete East Village Youth Program’s requirements.

For information on how you can participate, please visit http://www.evyp.org/.