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We are excited to announce our partnership with SnackPak4Kids!
Operation HOPE has partnered with Legacy Farms to support the SnackPak4Kids program at LaMesa Elementary School in Plainview, TX, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to work together to help kids right here in the South Plains.
SnackPak was founded in Amarillo in 2010 as an organization dedicated to ending weekend hunger in West Texas and the South Plains by providing backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritional snacks each Friday of the school year. We've seen numerous studies over the years showing the kind of improvement that good nutrition has on a child's ability to learn and we are so excited to be a part of a program like this right here so close to home. We've been deeply invested in similar programs down in Haiti and have always had a deep passion for helping children excel in life. This is the first time this program has been available to kids in Plainview and our hope is that we will be able to work alongside SnackPak to help the program grow and spread to even more communities in our area.
LaMesa Elementary has identified 100+ students in need of nutritional food to help them make it through the weekend and be prepared for school on Monday morning. Because of our partnership with Legacy Farms in support of SnackPak4Kids, those 100+ students will be able to wake up each Monday without the struggles and pains that come from not getting enough to eat over the weekend.
In addition to the financial partnership with SnackPak at LeMesa, Operation HOPE and Legacy Farms will be providing volunteers to help pack the food and deliver it to the schools every week of the school year. If you are interested in volunteering and either live in Plainview or are willing to travel there once or twice a month, please send us an email - firstname.lastname@example.org - and let us know. We would love for anyone willing to partner with us to help take care of these kids.
To learn more about SnackPak4Kids and the work that they do across the state of Texas, click on the logo at the top of this article or visit http://www.snackpak4kids.org.
Haiti October 2014 (Update)
We are proud to report that we had yet another very successful trip to Haiti. As mentioned previously, this was primarilly a fact-finding endeavor and an effort for Operation HOPE to maintiain existing reltionships as well as build new ones with new and potential partners. Of course, although we didn't bring a medical team with us, we were still able to bring over 1000lbs of supplies and eqipment to our missionary partners in Haiti. We were able to visit with Stephen & Autumn Byxbe with the Together We Can Haiti, Pastor Gerard Cesar, Kelsea & Philipson Georges, and a few other new partners with whom we hope to work in the future.
While spending time with Pastor Cesar, we were once again given the privilege of visiting a few of the many schools we support down in Haiti where 1500 children receive Christian education, food, and clothing on a daily basis. After visiting these schools for a few years now, it's encouraging to see that most of the teachers there at the beginning are still there committing their time and efforts towards educating these wonderful kids.
We're excited about some of the new connections we were able to make and look forward to exploring those opportunities further as we continue our work in Haiti. Thanks for all of your prayers and God Bless!
Operation HOPE will be headed back to Haiti October 23-28 to check in and work with the various partners and friends we have in Port Au Prince, Montrouis, and Saint Marc. This will be our 2nd time to travel to Haiti this year and we will also be exploring a number of new, exciting opportunities for us to expand the medical support we've offered for nearly 5 years in Haiti.
In addition to the medical fact-finding that will be going on, We will be bringing a small team of volunteers to help with the Agape House Orphanage which now houses the children previously living at the Celebration Children's Home run by New Vision Ministries.
This will be Operation HOPE's 12th trip to Haiti since the earthquake of 2010. Although we've expanded our circle of support to include missions in the New York as well as right here in the South Plains, we have no intention of slowing down with the work that God has given us to do in Haiti.
Thank you for your continued support and please pray that God protects the team going and helps us to be effective and efficient in our ministry in Haiti.