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Reader Kahri Gives Back To Hope Haven—A Charity That’s Been In Her Family For Over 30 Years

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kahri and daughter bringing in gifts for hope haven

What would you do with $100?

Back in December, we asked our readers who and how they would help those in needs if we provided $100 to the store of their choice. With this, an endless amount of stories emerged highlighting the amazing charities that mean the most to our Hip2Save community.

Today, we’re telling the story of Kahri who practically grew up with Hope Haven Area Development Corporation given her mom has been their Director of Development and Community Relations for over 30 years! She got to know all the clients volunteering at events and eventually started working for their summer respite programs. In the last year, her brother also returned home to work for Hope Haven.

This wonderful organization provides jobs, job training, homes, life skills, respite, and such quality care to over 530 people in their small corner of the world. As a non-profit, they rely heavily on donations. Another organization Kahri belongs to, the Burlington Junior Women’s League, has been buying Christmas presents for the day habilitation program and individual clients who do not have families at all, or families with the means to buy them gifts, for the past few years.

wrapped christmas gifts for hope haven

This past Christmas, Kahri and her 5-year-old daughter decided that, in place of gifts for their family, each family member would choose a charity, and a gift would be purchased or donation to their desired organization. She and her daughter both chose Hope Haven. They shopped for supplies for their Alternative Services Program, a facet of Hope Haven that provides a wide range of services including group activities, community integration, and paid work.

shopping at target for hope haven donations

With the $100 Target gift card we sent Kahri, she and her brother, who is an Assistant Director of Development at Hope Haven, were able to purchase a 12-piece set of pots and pans, a large stock pot, washcloths, and dish towels for the kitchen housing Hope Haven’s Alternative Services program.

opening gifts at hope haven

Soon after, Kahri and her daughter delivered the donations, along with their own personal gifts, to the program (and more from the Burlington Junior Women’s League, as well). Hope Haven staff and clients were ecstatic! They soon began mentioning their excitement for the large stock pot to cook up a huge batch of chili and all their other anticipated uses of their new kitchenware. Not only was Kahri happy to make a difference for this charity so near and dear to her heart, but she also loved that her daughter wanted to be so involved.

From all of us at Hip2Save, we’re so grateful to have generous readers like Kahri and her mother. ❤️

 

We send a big thanks to Kahri for reaching out about helping Hope Haven and we’re glad to have been part of their giving back experience!


Looking to help out in your own community? Check out these simple ways to pay it forward in 2019.

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  1. sunshine0826

    Love it!. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story.

  2. Anne Kellogg

    Kahri, Thank you for all you do. You must be a blessing to many. God speed in your endeavors.

  3. Jennifer Krogmeier

    How awesome! I work with Hope Haven all the time!

  4. debbie

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Shirl

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

  6. Kerri

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful story!

  7. Susi

    Yes thanks so much for sharing! It’s beautiful to hear of such giving & true compassion. You are a family of many blessings to your communities

  8. Violet

    Love reading things like this… with so much going on in our world-it’s beautiful to know most people do actually care <3.

  9. Denise

    Beautiful. Thank you Khari, family & organization for all you do. Continued love & blessings.

  10. Kahri

    Thank you, Hip2Save, from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to give so much!!! This give back was so wonderful and I have enjoyed reading all of the stories! There is so much good in the world- thank you for adding to it! 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO very welcome, Kahri! We thank YOU for your time and for giving back! 💕

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