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Kathie
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 7:26 am    Post subject: Our Mission Reply with quote

The Smiles For Children Project was organized September 03, 2005 after hurricane Katrina hit in the U.S.. We began to see countless numbers of children with a dazed look in their eyes, confusion, and losing what they considered their only treasures, which was their toys. This is something of little importance to us as adults but to a child it often means everything to them. This was their treasures, their dreams into the future by having something to play with. The simple expression of a Smile has been replaced with a feeling of loss, confusion and an empty feeling of no one cares.

Since that time the volunteers of the Smiles For Children Project have not slowed down. As of July 2009 the Smiles For Children Project has sent 11,133 bags of embroidery treasures to children in need around the world. Items have been sent to West Viriginia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Iraq, Honduras, South Dakota, Kentucky, the Philippines, Roatan, El Salvador, Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, and the Ukraine. It is our goal to reach out to as many children as possible throughout the world. We share with them the simple gift of having a reason to Smile, letting them know they are never alone and are loved and thought of by many people. We wish to place a Smile on their innocent faces once again.

Our volunteers are scattered throughout many countries and we know we may never see the faces of the children we reach out to but in our hearts we can feel their loneliness so we share our love of embroidery in hopes to bring as many Smiles as we can.

As we walk into the future for 2009 we once again can feel the small hand of that faceless child slip into ours as we begin our new journey into another year filled with Smiles.
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