Food For The Poor Thanks Orlando-area Donors for their Gift of Compassion
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2018) Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma thanked Orlando-area donors last week for their loving kindness and the hope, compassion and generosity they have poured out to ease suffering in the countries where the charity serves.
"It's impossible to express how we feel about your loving kindness," said Aloma. "I really don't know how to thank you for your support. You are there and ready to help when we ask, especially when there's a crisis or natural disaster. May God bless you and reward you for that."
The Food For The Poor Luncheon of Thanks was at the Lake Toho room at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Lynne Nasrallah, an Orlando resident and chairwoman of the Celebration of Hope planned for September at the Rosen Shingle Creek, also expressed her gratitude for the continued support of those at the luncheon.
"Orlando's supporters are very generous people, who are making amazing transformations in the lives of the poor," Nasrallah said. "Hope is the reason why I give. I will keep donating and giving back to Food For The Poor because of the hope and love they provide for the families we serve."
Harris Rosen, President/COO of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts, who has nine properties in Orlando, including the Shingle Creek site for Wednesday's luncheon, also attended.
Through Food For The Poor, the Harris Rosen Foundation built the L'institution Mixte St. Jean De Jonc-Labeille School in Chantal, Haiti. More than 100 people in the community took shelter in the school building that was completed and dedicated just two weeks before Hurricane Matthew's arrival on Oct. 4, 2016.
The school was severely damaged by the hurricane, but has been repaired and rededicated. In addition, his foundation built 79 homes with water and sanitation, repaired 26 homes and provided solar-powered light kits for 105 families in Chantal.
In December, Rosen traveled to Haiti with Food For The Poor to see these completed projects.
"It was an amazing experience and the reception at the school was absolutely unbelievable," Rosen said. "To see all the children at their new school was a very special moment, along with meeting the families with their new homes, it was really a wonderful experience."
Another supporter of Food For The Poor, The Rev. John Bosco Maison with the Diocese of Orlando, also attended the luncheon. He said that the charity always will have a special place in his heart.
Originally from Ghana, Africa, Maison was sent to Jamaica in 2002 and spent six years in the Caribbean country before arriving in Orlando. Maison shared how a broken water pipe caused a lot of damage to where he was living during his time in Montego Bay, and how the charity repaired the pipe and rebuilt his home.
"I've been on both sides of Food For The Poor," said Maison. "I have benefited from their help and I support the organization so that they can help others. I am happy to be here because each of you is an answered prayer for someone who needs a home, food, clothes and an education – that's hope, and I thank you."
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations, including donated goods, went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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