Bags of Hope was our October Give-Back Organization
Bags of Hope was founded in February of 2009 by Rhonda and Mark Santolin. This is truly a charity run by people and for people.
Their weekly program delivers food care packages and books to children who are identified by their school as demonstrating daily hunger due to homelessness/displacement or severe poverty.
These children are not able to concentrate in class due to this hunger and have a tendency to fall behind and eventually drop out of school- creating a high potential for homelessness, poverty and potential crime among other unfavorable conditions.
Teachers and school staff have reported amazing improvements amongst the students in this program. (improvement in Reading Scores, attendance, behavior, and morale improvements and teachers report that the students are focused in class, completing homework and staying on task.)
There are so many needs in our world right now.
But right here in our local community, we have serious needs that need everyone’s support. You no longer need to travel to another country to find people, families, and children in serious need.
Mother Teresa told the thousands that wrote her offering to come and do service in India along her side that they should, “find their own Calcutta”. Well, Bags of Hope Central Florida has done just that!
You joined us through your purchases and TOGETHER we made a real difference in our community.