Be an Angel of Hope - Provide comfort and joy to orphaned children

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2008) – Every child is a precious gift from God –
especially little ones who are left orphaned and abandoned without anyone to love them. They need angels here on earth to watch over them and ensure their needs are met. For several years, an enthusiastic group of “angels” from Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas, Michigan, has made soft, warm blankets for orphans living in Food For The Poor-sponsored orphanages.

Victor Mier, Kay Preston, Larry Winslow, Vicky Winslow, Richard Preston, and Rose Mier, on behalf of Holy Family, delivered 935 blankets to Food For The Poor’s headquarters in Coconut Creek on Dec. 4, 2008. These blankets will be distributed to children living in Food For The Poor-sponsored orphanages in Nicaragua. Blankets previously donated by this group of quilters have been distributed in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Francie Szymanski originally started a group to make sweaters when her daughter, Tricia Szymanski, worked in Guatemala at malnutrition centers sponsored by Food For The Poor. Two summers ago, Francie Szymanski visited the malnutrition center in Guatemala and realized blankets were more practical and appropriate for the older children.

As a special Christmas present, consider sponsoring an orphan, or sponsoring an orphan in the name of someone you wish to honor. The children in our Angels Of Hope program depend on generous sponsors like you for their survival.

The cost of sponsorship is only $34 a month – about $1.13 a day. When you sponsor a child for your loved ones through Angels Of Hope, Food For The Poor will send you a brief biography of the child, photos, a map and a fact sheet about the child’s home country that you can give to the person you are honoring. Your gift will show these precious children Christ-like love and will give them the nurturing care they need to grow up happy and healthy.

All gifts are tax-deductible. To sponsor an orphan, visit Food For The Poor’s secure Web site at, or call 1-800-427-9104.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. We provide emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations Coordinator
(954) 427-2222, ext. 6054