ABR8 Guest Editorial: Spreading Hope during Hope Week

ABR8 Guest Editorial: Spreading Hope during Hope Week

September 26--October 3, will mark the 10th anniversary of Hope Week, a time when organizations and individuals throughout our area join together in celebrating Hope and passing that Hope on to others through activities, events and projects.

NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation's HopeCircle works with families experiencing catastrophic illness.

We found, through experience and research, that the presence of Hope makes a difference, not necessarily in the outcome of a person's life journey, but in living that journey.

We've also discovered the joy generated when people come together, and groups work on projects to help someone else bond in unexpected ways.  Not only do they spread hope, they find themselves more hopeful.

As several have commented after completing a Hope Week project, "When we do something for others, we feel better."

Individuals can donate time and items to their favorite charity; visit a nursing home or a shut-in.

Student groups host events for special needs students, visit patients, and mentor younger students.

Businesses collect items, raise funds or donate time and services for non-profit agencies.

Doctors provide eye exams and glasses for children who need them. There will be breast, prostate and ovarian cancer awareness events.

Hope Week kicks off with the Touch a Truck event on Saturday, September 26, with projects and activities each day, ending with the ShareHope Walk of Remembrance and Hope on Saturday, October 3. The walk will honor babies who died too soon and offer hope to families who have suffered tremendous loss.

The purpose for Hope Week is simple – Recognize the importance of Hope and Pass it on…  A Hope filled community makes this A Better Region 8.

- June Morse, Program Manager for HopeCircle

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