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    Posted December 2, 2013 by
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    Arlington, VA, December 2, 2013– On Sunday, December 8, 2013, 35 volunteers from The HOPE Association will be partnering with local hospitals to put on their second annual HOPE Holiday Party for children with various blood disorders from all over the DC area.
    The Hope Association is excited about its partnership with Children’s National Medical Center through a mentorship program. The program is designed in a way that volunteers build relationships with the children by calling and visiting them. Currently, there are six volunteers who mentor children through the program.
    “Our greatest legacy will be found in the future success and wellbeing of those generations which will succeed us. The greatest gift and legacy we can leave behind is the knowledge that we cared for and improved the lives of the children and provided them with the tools they need to succeed. That is why many of our programs and projects in the DC area are geared towards taking care of the children of our Nation’s Capital, especially those who are sick, abused, lonely, in poverty, or malnourished.” Steve Messeh, Executive Director
    This year, the HOPE Association is expecting over 250 people to attend the Holiday of Hope event; almost 100 more than last year. The event will include a holiday meal, children’s games, a photo booth, and talent show put on by the children themselves! The Holiday party will also include Santa and his elves passing out gifts to all of the children at the party. Those who attended last year’s party were impressed with the volunteers and the holiday spirit created for these children and their families.
    Preparations for the party are well under way with volunteers working to make this year bigger and better than last year:
    “It’s such a great feeling to bring these kids out and really do something special for them this time of year, a lot of these children come from underprivileged families and don’t get this kind of thing on a regular bases. Being able to share a nice meal with them, play games, and, of course, give out gifts is something we feel is more a blessing to us than it is for the children. I’m excited to be part of this event, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out this year!”
    The Holiday of Hope party will take place on December 8th from 2pm-6pm at George Mason Law School 3351 Fairfax Drive, Founders Hall.


    About The HOPE Association
    The HOPE Association is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2012 out of a need to extend the reach and influence of the local church to the entire world. The HOPE Association strives to meet people where they are and minister to their needs, whether it be spiritual, physical, emotional, or relational. Our goal is to see people of all different walks of life come together to provide restoration and transformation to the entire world through the love of Jesus Christ.

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