Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
– John Kennedy
Life was blurry and out focus for Kayla when she was 16 years old. But with your help things got a whole lot clearer.
“I have had glasses since the fifth grade. Last year I outgrew the prescription and they broke. My eye sight was getting blurry when I looked at things. I can see close up, but far away is a problem when looking at chalkboards or whiteboards in the front of the class,” Kayla said.
Kayla’s mom was newly separated and unemployed. So, Kayla tried to make due while her mom looked for a job that would provide insurance or their application for Illinois’ All Kids insurance program was approved, which can take up to 45 to 90 days. She did not want to bother her mom when she knew that money was tight in their household.
“I used to really stress about it myself. It was hard knowing my mom is worried about money and providing for us and looking for work. She’s my mom. I tried to put some of the burden on my own shoulders, so she wouldn’t have to worry. I tried wearing a pair of my mom’s old glasses and that was okay for a while. Then they broke and that was no longer an option,” she explained.
That is when YOU stepped in to help Kayla and her mom, Kim. Kim came into Hope’s Front Door seeking assistance vouchers for transportation for a job search and food for Kayla and herself. She was not only able to receive those items, but an eye exam and glasses for Kayla were provided too!
“I was so happy. I was able to see!” Kayla said with a big smile. “When I got my glasses, I put them on and turned to my mom to joke ‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone!’”
During HFD’s Back to School Project, which runs through August, Kayla was also thrilled to have been able to receive school supplies. “I got pens, pencils and a book bag. I used all of the paper. I at least had something to start out with for the new school year. It’s important to have folders and paper for US History and workshops. It would have been bad to start the first day having to ask another student for a pencil and other things.” So many of the children who have participated in HFD’s Back to School Project echo Kayla’s comments.
Thanks to your generosity Kayla, now 17 years old, can see just fine and had the necessary supplies to help her succeed in school. Last year, your investment helped over 1100 area children, kids like Kayla. We want to be able to continue to help our local children. Hope’s Front Door is currently seeing an 18% increase in the number of children assisted compared to last year. Please join the Best HOPE Campaign to benefit area children. Now until September 30, we hope to raise $20,000 to help more than 250 children with food and school supplies as well as access to medication, dental and vision healthcare . . . even financial literacy.
Your donations will make a huge difference in the lives of our neighborhood children! https://goo.gl/BfZGPe