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Giving Day - December 13 - Seva Mandir

Letter From Our CEO

CEO


Dear Customers

Education is the foundation for any kind of success. It is also the differentiator between rich and poor, knowledgeable and ignorant. Aristotle and Plato in ancient Greece said that education is central to the well being of the society. Unfortunately at this day and age, most third world countries are still struggling with literacy. According to UNESCO, there are about 780 million non literate adults in the world. And over 75% of all non-literates live in developing countries of Africa and Asia.

With an intention to educate and empower, since last year we have been dedicating one giving day a year to a small school in northwestern India. The school is run by a non profit called Seva Mandir.

Seva Mandir is a grassroots non profit that works with 1200 villages in the north western part of India. Along with its other initiatives, they foster education in remote villages through one/two room schools called Shiksha Kendras. To sustain these faraway, remote schools they hire locals and train them to run the school. Our one room school is in a remote village, an hours drive from Udaipur, with little or no access to comforts of civilization as we know. Most families earn less than $2 a day, travel miles in search of work and livelihood. This tiny one room school is the only form of schooling available to the children in that village.

This year in September our US team visited the school and spent a day with the children. It was an enriching experience for both the children and our team. We feel blessed to be a part of this change, this hope for these beautiful children with smiles that melt hearts. And we share this blessing with you, our customers.

Please join us as we support this one room school for our Giving Day on Dec 13th. Let us all together bring hope to these children. Shop more to Give more.

Thank you for being our partner and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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Help us spread the word

Help us spread the word about Seva Mandir and the amazing work they do! Use the links on the right side of this page to share their information on Social Media. We are donating 5% of our sales for the day or $2,000 (whichever is the greater amount) to this very worth cause. The more you shop the more we give! As always, if you have a suggestion for a charity you would like us to include in our Giving Day program please use the link below and let us know.

Seva Mandir

In December HPFY has chosen to support Seva Mandir again for a third year since instituting their monthly Giving Day in 2017. Seva Mandir holds a very special place in the heart of Health Products For You.

Seva Mandir is one of India’s leading development nonprofit organizations. It currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan, where over 90% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture and most people live on less than Rs. 20 ($0.35) a day. For over 45 years, Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, childcare and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. Every year, 12,000 disadvantaged children receive a quality education in its schools; 8,000 women and children out of reach of hospitals are offered critical health services; thousands more families achieve food security.

HPFY’s US team

In September, three members of HPFY’s US team traveled to India and visited one of the schools that Seva Mandir supports and operates in a village in Rajasthan India. I am lucky enough to have been one of the three. To say that we were touched by the experience could not be more of an understatement. What we saw was amazing – children who would not otherwise have access to early education in a one room schoolhouse learning their ABCs, reciting poetry and playing educational games.

When we first arrived, we didn’t expect what we saw, not only the one room schoolhouse, but the beautiful children who cried when they saw us. It turns out that the school’s last visitor was the group that gave them vaccinations. Communication was a challenge, none of us speak Hindi, but with the help of a translator we were able to spend time with these children, we sang our ABC’s, played tag and other games of speed (they won every time). At the end of our morning visit we handed out apples & chocolate bars. Apples don’t grow in Rajasthan, so when they do get apples it’s usually cut up and shared by their whole family. These children were overjoyed with our gift.

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We have a few pictures of our trip on this page. What this charity is doing is changing and enriching lives, several individuals at a time.

Christina Cumberton

Charities We Have Supported in the Past

The Georgia Parenting Project

The Georgia Parenting Project was built by a teacher after 32 years of classroom support to her community of families. Collecting personal care items, clothing and furniture, and personal visits to the homes of families created a desire to reach as many parents as possible struggling with income challenges and providing supplies to their young children. There are many books written on how to parent. However, without the tools and supplies little hope is available for those who haven’t the means to make the purchases. Members of each community are asked to help provide parenting backpacks full of school or medical supplies, food and clothing items, books and any related items needed to help relieve some of the stresses a parent may be experiencing. The goal of The Georgia Parenting Project is to connect parents in need of support with local community resources in an attempt to help aid, educate and support.

Ann’s Place

Ann’s Place mission is to provide comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and their loved ones, helping to create a unique pathway through cancer to improve their quality of life. For nearly 30 years, clinical social workers, facilitators and wellness experts at Ann’s Place have provided programs and services to our clients and their loved ones. We provide individual, family, and couples counseling, support groups, an extensive range of wellness activities, and we are actively involved in community outreach and education. We regularly present speakers who address issues of client concern, advances in diagnosis and treatment, and wellness education. Ann’s Place currently serves over 1,300 active clients annually. We provide cancer care for the whole person, as psychosocial services are frequently not available or covered by insurance for many clients.

HPFY Scholarship 2019

Meet the Winners of 2019 HPFY Scholarship!

Baylee Auger - a young girl who has downs syndrome but the condition has nothing on her ambitions. She has accomplished so much already and with her determination she will go places. Baylee Auger is the winner of the 2019 HPFY Disability Scholarship.

Grace Schuler - a bright young girl who has made a difference in so many kids lives by devoting countless hours to develop and run a life skills coaching program that gave them the necessary skills they needed to succeed in high school and future life. Grace Schuler is the winner of the 2019 HPFY Make a Difference Scholarship.

Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema

Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed by a lymphedema patient to assist other patients who suffer from lymphedema. What is lymphedema? Lymphedema is caused by chronic swelling due to trauma or blockage in the lymph nodes which makes it difficult for the lymphatic fluid to drain properly. Your lymphatic system is a filtering system that removes the waste from your blood and keeps you healthy so you can fight infections, cancers, and death in severe cases. However, it can be managed, though treatment is costly and often not covered through insurance. In the United States, it is estimated that 1-2 million or people suffer from primary lymphedema and 2-3 million people suffer from secondary lymphedema (most cancer survivors). Unfortunately, the number continues to grow. Depending on the severity of the conditions some patients simply require therapy and compression garments, while others may require the use of compression garments (daytime and nighttime), compression pumps, plus receive Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for longer periods of time.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

There are men and women who are away from their families and friends, putting on a uniform and protecting the rights and freedoms that we enjoy every day. Their choice to serve the in the military comes with incredible sacrifice. Now imagine, as a result of that sacrifice being injured; coming home from a foreign land without the use of your legs or arms or both. Or surviving a tour of duty where bombings and gunfire is an everyday occurrence, only to suffer a life changing injury in your home town. Every year, more than 12,000 people in the US sustain a spinal cord injury, and this doesn’t take into account the thousands more diagnosed with a spinal cord disease, MS or ALS. Paralyzed Veterans of America – Wisconsin Chapter (PVA-WI) works to improve the quality of life for veterans, in our state, living with spinal cord injury or disease, including those with MS and ALS. Our work is carried out through programs that focus on research and education, quality healthcare, access to benefits, advocacy and legislation, membership, communication and outreach.

Lisa’s Army

Lisa’s Army is a registered nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comfort to courageous individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment. We lovingly create and deliver customized heartfelt Comfort Care Packages that provide ongoing encouragement and over 20 needed comfort items, including a current model iPad or BEATs headphones, as part of cancer treatment. We are proud to say that 100 percent of donations we receive go directly toward providing our signature Comfort Care Packages, at no cost to men, women and children undergoing cancer treatment. We Care! We Comfort! Join our Army of Comforters today! Lisa’s Army is the fulfillment of the specific wishes of our namesake, Lisa Loonstyn-Golden, who lost her four-year battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 24 in 2012. After being diagnosed at age 20, amid her own battle, she saw countless people in treatment with little support. Lisa believed that no one should fight alone so she launched a crusade in the name of cancer fighters everywhere.

Friends of Brooks Quarry

Brooks Quarry is a senior/disabled community serving Brookfield, CT for nearly 40 years. We are a multi-generational mix of seniors and disabled people who are able to live independently. Our community is operated by The Brookfield Housing Authority, and managed by DeMarco Management. Our mission statement is to foster a safe and healthy independent living community setting that respects the rights and dignity of each individual. Our residents are from many varied backgrounds; some of us are wheelchair-bound, some of us are able to manage with walkers, some of us are able to get around on our own. Many have our own cars; some of us are dependent on the buses, which come to the complex with a phone call. One thing we have in common is our inability to pay a high rent. This is the reason Brooks Quarry came into being. In June 1976, at a Town Planning Board meeting, a proposal was made to set up a committee to study housing alternatives for senior citizens who needed assistance in low-rent housing.

Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is internationally recognized and is Arizona’s leading and largest nonprofit organization serving the autism community. Established in 1997 by two mothers of children with autism and their pediatrician, SARRC’s mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. For 22 years, SARRC has been rooted in autism research, education, evidence-based treatment and community outreach. We are one of eight nonprofits in the nation conducting its own independent research while providing a lifespan of services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Nationally, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with ASD, making it the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the United States. With a focus on delivering the highest-quality, evidence-based services and programs available, SARRC is focused on growing to meet the ever-increasing demands of the autism community while advancing our innovative research.

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, providing support to women and families impacted by the disease and funding the research needed to detect ovarian cancer early and treat it properly. MOCA was founded in 1999. We are celebrating 20 years of progress against ovarian cancer in 2019! Since our early days, MOCA has grown to an organization of 1,000 survivors and more than 45,000 supporters throughout the country. Each year, MOCA funds ovarian cancer research projects both in Minnesota and nationally. MOCA has awarded more than $8 million to research projects for ovarian cancer research. MOCA also funds early detection research on a national basis. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, which is why research is vital. MOCA is national leader in ovairan cancer research funding. MOCA offers a wide range of support programs throughout the state.

Save a Child’s Heart

SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from developing countries. Our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease and to create medical centers of competence in these countries. One in every one hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them will need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% will die within weeks after birth. Presently, there are more than 1000 children on our waiting list. SACH is a hospital based project whose services are provided in Holon, Israel at the Wolfson Medical Center (WMC) by a team of 70 dedicated experts who, from chief surgeon to physiotherapist, volunteer their time without any payment. SACH has been recognized by the US government, European Union, and United Nations for its achievements.

Challenge Aspen

Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives through year-round adaptive experiences for individuals faced with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. It creates life-changing opportunities by encouraging participation in activities designed to redefine limits, recognize abilities, and transfer newfound courage to everyday life.Challenge Aspen is an organic outgrowth of the individually conceived dreams of co-founders, Houston Cowan and Amanda Boxtel. Both experienced life changing moments that solidified their connection to the adaptive recreation field. For Amanda, it was a ski accident that left her paralyzed. Houston was first introduced to adaptive recreation through Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD) as a volunteer guide and instructor. Each utilized their life experiences to formally establish Challenge Aspen in 1995 in Snowmass Village, Colorado.

Asha for Education

Asha for Education is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the US that started in the summer of 1991. A few students including V.J.P. Srivatsavoy, D. Gupta, and S. Pandey got together to think of ways in which they could play a role in the development of India, the country of their origin. These young people shared the belief that education is a critical requisite and an effective catalyst for social and economic change in India. Basic education became the agenda for the action group that emerged from this gathering. The group was named Asha to represent the hope that had brought these individuals together and the hope that they aimed to bring into the lives of children in India. As a result, Asha was born at the University of California in Berkeley. The organization has more than 1000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world. Till date, Asha has supported more than 400 different projects spread across the length and breadth of India.

Paws Chicago

PAWS founders Paula and Alexis Fasseas’ awareness moment only came after they rescued a stray dog they named Pippen from the Greek island of Crete in June 1996. Pippen would have been poisoned once tourist season ended. The Fasseas family was shocked Greece would treat its animals with such cruelty. Pippen’s story inspired Alexis to help homeless pets back home. As a high school sophomore, Alexis signed up to volunteer at a local animal shelter to fulfill her community service requirement. She was shocked when she learned that instead of saving pets, the shelter was replacing basic medical care with euthanasia. A simple sneeze was a death sentence. Over the next two years, Paula and Alexis saw the terrible story of mass euthanasia of cats and dogs repeatedly.

Women’s Center of Danbury

Since our founding in 1975, the Women’s Center has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year, the Center serves over 20,000 individuals from our area communities. Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, couseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training. All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.

HPFY Scholarship 2018

Meet the Winners of 2018 HPFY Scholarship!

Mikaela Thepvongsa and Leah Richter
Mikaela, the winner of our HPFY Disability Scholarship, has proven grit and determination can overcome any disability. She has bilateral profound hearing loss and a vestibular disorder due to a diagnosis of static encephalopathy in early childhood.
Leah, the winner of our HPFY Make a Difference Scholarship, is making a big difference in the lives of countless under privileged children in US and the world. She has over a 1000 volunteer hours in the last two years. Her mission in life is to help homeless children across the world.

The Shade Tree

Since our founding in 1989, The Shade Tree has provided a safe haven to more than 100,000 women and children in crisis from homelessness, human-trafficking, domestic violence and abuse. Our primary service is our 90-day Emergency Shelter program which provides food, shelter, counseling, medical care, job training and compassion to families in need to help them stabilize and regain some independence. Domestic violence and other situations that lead to homelessness impact women and children from all walks of life. That’s why The Shade Tree is here for every woman who needs our services and has the desire to improve her life, become self-sufficient and achieve a level of financial independence to support herself and her family. For every child who stays with us, we strive to provide a variety of educational and recreational opportunities to which they would otherwise not have access.

Shiksha Kendra

Seva Mandir is one of India’s leading development nonprofit organizations. It currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan, where over 90% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture and most people live on less than Rs. 20 ($0.35) a day. For over 45 years, Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. Every year, 12,000 disadvantaged children receive a quality education in its schools; 8,000 women and children out of reach of hospitals are offered critical health services; thousands more families achieve food security.

Rise Against Hunger

Everyone on the planet has the right to the nutritious food necessary to live life to their full potential. Since its founding in 1998, Rise Against Hunger - an international hunger relief organization - has grown exponentially, and the ways in which the organization seeks to end hunger continue to evolve. From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to the organization’s meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, Rise Against Hunger strives to make a global impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among communities worldwide and show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. Around the world, just over 815 million people lack adequate food. One in nine people go to bed hungry each night.

RMD Pain and Palliative Care

RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care, is a registered not for profit organization, established in 2005, located in T. Nagar, Chennai and is headed by Dr. Republica Sridhar a Palliative and Geriatric Care Specialist who has over 15 years of experience in caring for the terminally ill. The Trust is based out of Chennai, and has its operations focused primarily in Tamil Nadu, India. The organization provides pain relief and palliative care to terminally ill patients and their families through medical care and counselling. It also aims at providing out/in patient service and home visits, family support and counselling, grief and bereavement support. The beneficiaries of the care are terminally ill & geriatric patients from the economically weaker sections of the society.


Gift of Life Donor Program

Gift of Life Donor Program is the region’s non-profit organ and tissue donor program which serves as the link between those who want to be organ and tissue donors and those who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant at one of the 15 regional transplant hospitals. Serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 44,500 organ transplants since 1974.
There are more than 115,000 men, women and children across the country waiting for heart, kidney, liver, lung, intestinal and pancreas transplants, including more than 5,400 in our region. Tens of thousands of other patients benefit from cornea, tissue and bone grafts each year as a result of individuals saying yes to tissue donation. Despite the many people who do say yes to organ and tissue donation, 20 people die every day waiting for a transplant.

International Women’s Health Coalition

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC provides grants, technical assistance, and mentorship to women leaders and women’s rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East that are working to advance women’s and girls’ health and rights at local and regional levels. At the international level, IWHC brings pioneering ideas, evidence, and expertise to the forefront of multilateral negotiations on women’s rights and health, playing an active role in New York City at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, and in Washington, DC. By working closely with women’s organizations around the world, IWHC gains the perspectives of women on the ground and helps make their voices heard in the halls of power at global-level policy negotiations.

Save a Child’s Heart

SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from developing countries. Our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease and to create medical centers of competence in these countries. One in every one hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them will need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% will die within weeks after birth. Presently, there are more than 1000 children on our waiting list. SACH is a hospital based project whose services are provided in Holon, Israel at the Wolfson Medical Center (WMC) by a team of 70 dedicated experts who, from chief surgeon to physiotherapist, volunteer their time without any payment. SACH has been recognized by the US government, European Union, and United Nations for its achievements. It is the only Israeli medical organization that the Palestinian Authority has a formal partnership with.

Seeing Stars Foundation

The Seeing Stars Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support research and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injuries from the pee wee to the professional level. The Foundation is currently working on a national outreach program to train physicians, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of sports related concussion. We are well-informed and concerned about the frequent occurrences of sports concussion, and most importantly the lack of assistance available to young athletes and youth sports organizations. Seeing Stars Foundation is helping to fill this gap to keep young athletes safe and healthy. Seeing Stars was founded by Neurologists with an expertise in sports related neurological issues in an effort to improve the quality of life of athletes of all ages. Our doctors serve as consultants and team physicians for the NFL, NHL, Professional Boxing, the NCAA, United States Tennis Association.

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 less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate 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 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.

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM)

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM) is a 501(C)(3) public charity based in Edison, New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, supporting education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India. We have been registered as a charity since July 27, 2009.

Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households.

Massachusetts Task Force 1

Massachusetts Task Force 1 ( MA-TF 1) Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R) is located in Beverly, Massachusetts. Urban Search and Rescue teams are comprised of Police, Fire, EMS and Civilians (62 total people when deployed) and respond to major disasters under a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently there are 150 people on the MA-TF 1 team.

Sponsored by the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, MA-TF 1 maintains the heritage established by the Lexington Minutemen at the onset of the American Revolution: the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism that sustains the vitality of a democratic society as well as the infrastructure of emergency response. As Hurricane Sandy turned into Superstorm Sandy, MA-TF 1 was activated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to stand at the ready as a state asset.

Helena Food Share

Since 1987, Helena Food Share has been providing food to our neighbors in need. At Helena Food Share, it is our mission to serve our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. Our vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. We know that 1 in 7 residents of Helena struggles with hunger. 1 in 5 Helena children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Families come to the Helena Food Share pantry because they are facing difficult times.
These folks need help while they experience difficulty paying medical bills, struggling with a disability, finding their way through a layoff, or they’re simply doing their best to make ends meet with a low or fixed income. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to serving our customers with dignity and respect.

4 Paws For Ability

In 1995, Karen Shirk was told she was too disabled to receive a service dog. She decided to make sure no one else ever had to hear those words.

4 Paws for Ability is the embodiment of Karen’s vision - a nonprofit organization that breeds, socializes, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans. Since its inception in 1998, 4 Paws has paired over 1,100 trained service dogs to people living with a variety of disabilities. With a team of 75 employees and over 600 volunteers, 4 Paws now places over 100 dogs per year. 4 Paws dogs (and the humans they love and serve) can be found in almost all 50 statesas well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Dogs trained through 4 Paws meet the criteria for ‘service animals’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Covenant House

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.

The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community. Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills.

Soldiers Angel

Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and a growing veteran population. Soldiers’ Angels was established in 2003 by the mother of a son who was deployed to Iraq. She began sending care packages to her son and was then asked to not only send more care packages to many more deployed but to also assist with other needs. September 11th was a catalyst that inspired Americans to support the military and help out any way they could. Soldiers’ Angels was created as an opportunity for them to provide that support with care packages, hand-sewn blankets, letters, cards, and other items from ‘home’.

In just 14 years, since this small beginning of sending care packages, Soldiers’ Angels has grown to over 12 Programs with over 100,000 volunteers nationwide. Most of the programs and services offered by Soldiers’ Angels are performed by volunteers who work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

Asha for Education

On May 12th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Asha for Education’. Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 65 chapters worldwide.

Asha for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization in the US. Each year, our work touches the lives of several thousands of children across a few hundreds of projects. We have no offices, and 100% of our efforts are driven by unpaid volunteers. All donations are tax deductible, and we have earned a reputation for sending >98% of donations to our projects.

Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism

On April 14th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism’. The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through their General Grants, Joeys Fund, Allison Keller Technology fund and other programs and initiatives, The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism as well as to the organizations that support them. The grants that they provide give individuals with autism access to much needed educational and other support services, autism specific active lifestyles programs and assistance with transitioning to adult independence. In addition The Flutie Foundation, through their grant programs, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services such as family support, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

On March 10th, two days after International Women’s day, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to Women’s of Danbury. Since 1975, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year the Center serves over 25,000 individuals from our area communities. Our FREE and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.

All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault, and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman and Washington.

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