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  • Acts of Kindness

    Abby's Hope Project was the recipient of a generous grant from the Noam Stampfer Gemilut Chasadim grant committee. Read below to find out more about how Abby's friend, Sylvie, made this happen. "For my eighth grade Capstone Project, I applied for a grant to help me support Abby’s Hope Project.  At first, I planned a card-writing event to design and send handwritten cards to children in hospitals.  But when the coronavirus hit, that was no longer an option. Then I was going to send my classmates and friends supplies to make cards at their own houses, but as the rules got stricter around coronavirus, I also couldn’t do that because hospitals stopped accepting outside letters and packages. Even though both of my ideas were shut down, I was determined not to give up. I love what Abby is doing with Abby’s Hope Project and I really admire how she tries to find joy not only for herself, but also spread joy to others. I remember when we used to do gymnastics together, she was always so supportive and would cheer me on when I was scared to try new skills. When Abby started to get sick, I didn’t really know what was going on or what it meant. All I knew was that sometimes she had to sit out during gymnastics when she had a headache. And when my mom told me that she had to quit gymnastics, I was sad but I thought it would only be temporary until she got better. But after weeks turned into months and she hadn’t gotten better or returned to gymnastics, I knew it wasn’t just a sickness you can get over. My mom filled me in on the details. She told me Abby was visiting many hospitals and still didn’t have a diagnosis. I felt mad and sad that this could happen to such a wonderful girl, but I still didn’t really know what to do or how to help. When my mom showed me this wonderful organization that Abby started and I read more about it, I realized how lonely it can be to always be at hospitals and not be able to see friends. I knew I wanted to help bring joy to kids and teens in hospitals and I emailed Abby to see how I could help. That’s how I got the idea for this project. My mom had purchased some of the beautiful cards Abby had made.  When I realized my first two ideas wouldn’t work, I decided to lend my (and my sister’s) artistic talents to creating even more card designs and helping to sell them to raise funds for Abby’s Hope Project. I hope you will take this opportunity to buy some cards and write a handwritten letter to a friend who is in the hospital or to friends who are sheltering in place.  Handwritten letters can bring so much joy into people’s lives during this hard time. Thank you to Abby and to all the people that have helped her to grow into such a wonderful and inspiring person! I am so grateful to the Noam Stampfer Gemilut Chasadim grant committee who supported my initial idea and granted me the full amount I requested. When I told them the disappointing news about the cancelation of my card-writing event and shared with them my new idea, they said “absolutely” and shared with me an inspiring quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Teddy Roosevelt."

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    MISSION Vision To provide support to families living with chronic illness. Mission The specific purpose of Abby's Hope Project is to provide wholehearted help and support for children, teens, young adults with chronic illnesses, as well as their families with the intent of providing hope for better tomorrows. We aim to accomplish this by raising awareness for chronic illnesses and providing emotional support. Values Empower those living with chronic illnesses to live a meaningful life Good stewardship with resources Uphold integrity and strong moral values How We Fulfill Our Mission Providing care packages and comfort items to children in hospitals throughout the United States Educating the community and raising awareness for chronic illnesses Encouraging individuals and families to help us reach our goals and support our charitable efforts Enlisting an active and involved board of directors to aid us in attaining our mission Abby's Hope Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization the provides support to children and families affected by chronic illnesses. Abby's Hope Project is named in honor of Abby Jenkins, who has been living with dysautonomia and PANDAS/PANS since 2018. Our nonprofit provides emotional support and connection to those who are living with chronic illnesses. Abby's Hope Project is a way for Abby to give back with hope, strength, and joy and make meaning of what she has gone through.


    Spread the Word We understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to donate or fundraise , but spreading the word about our work and raising awareness for chronic illnesses is just as important. To help you spread the word about Abby's Hope Project, we’ve put together these helpful resources. Social Media Shareables Sample Messages I'm proud to support Abby's Hope Project, a nonprofit organization started by Abby Jenkins, who lives with chronic illnesses. They're committed to supporting other individuals and families who are also living with chronic illnesses. Abby Jenkins believes that life's challenges are the very foundations that a person can use to step forward in life. Abby's Hope Project supports people with chronic illnesses so they can continue to live full lives, even while facing chronic illnesses


    NWPPN + Abby's Hope Project Care Packages Our care package program, in collaboration with Northwest PANDAS/PANS Network, is created with kids, teens, and young adults in mind, as a way to empower and support our recipients as they navigate living with PANDAS/PANS/AE. ​ Growing up with a chronic illness can be daunting and knowing that someone understands the challenges that come with an illness can make all the difference. ​ Need more support? Visit NWPPN to learn more about resources available to families affected by PANDAS/PANS/AE. Care Package Form Want to make more impact like this? Get involved here. Please note that 10 care package requests will be fulfilled quarterly. Additional applications will be held until the next quarter. Do you qualify for a care package? CRITERIA: -Care package recipient must be 25 or younger ​ -Must live within the Pacific Northwest Region of the US. (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) ​ - Recipient has PANDAS/PANS/AE HOW TO APPLY: Fill out our care package application form. We ask that all applicants provide a short testimony and an optional picture. Once you receive your care package, your picture and testimony will be shared to our social media and website to promote our program. We reserve the right to deny any and all applications that appear fraudulent or don't meet the criteria. Care Package Form

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