Giving Report August 2013

Your Donations at Work August 2013

During the second quarter of 2013, $25,543.03 was given to assist at-risk children and young adults who have “aged out” of the system in Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties.

Details are listed below, but first we wanted to let you know how your donations positively impact the youth in our community and particularly the following young person:

Erin was a victim of her parent’s addictions. She was in and out of foster care beginning at the age of 7. When her parents were in prison, she was in foster care. When her parents were released from prison, Erin was returned to her parents but their addictions continued. “It was lonely; they didn’t want to take care of me. Drugs were more important.” When she was a teenager, Erin’s parents were sent to prison once again and Erin ended up at an emergency shelter. Immediately, things felt differently for her. “I felt the people cared,” she said. That’s all she needed to have hope for the future.

Since Erin has “aged out” of the system, she’s continued to receive support through Wings of Hope’s WingsNet program. WingsNet assists her with the costs of continuing her education, securing reliable transportation and living in safe housing. “Statistics say I should be like my family: addicted to drugs, no roof over my head. But I don’t want to be like that. I want to be my own person — strong, independent and responsible. You helped me realize I am somebody.”

Thanks Wings supporters – together we change lives!

Update and News

Here’s specifically how the funds were used from July through September, 2013:

Impower (formerly Intervention Services): $6,149.95

Fourteen youth between 18 and 23 who have “aged out” of the system received: text books, tuition, school insurance, class fees, tutoring, graduation and academic achievement awards, rent, savings match

Children’s Home Society, WingsNet Program: $11,725.52

Twenty three “aged out” young adults earned awards for: grades, graduations, good employment practices and promotions, school fees, savings matches

Boys Town of Central Florida: $7,667.56

Over 28 youth in residential homes and emergency shelter received: clothing/shoes, educational field trips, personal counseling/therapy, medical care, family night pizza, medications, school supplies, bed and bath supplies

We will continue to report how YOUR donations are being used. Thank you for your confidence that Wings of Hope will continue to be good stewards of your generosity.

News to Share

Wings of Hope “Heart to Heart” Gala

We hope to see you at the 18th Annual Wings of Hope “Heart to Heart” Gala, on September 28, 2013 at the Lake Mary Marriott! Enjoy gourmet food, open bar, exciting auction items, music and dancing! Make reservations or donations at

Online Auction!

Our innovative Online Auction runs from September 10 – 24! You’ll be able to see all the items being offered, bid online and continue to bid at our event! If you aren’t able to attend, you can participate as an Absentee Bidder. More info available

Exciting Auction Items!

Although new auction items are arriving daily, here are a few of our favorite things so far: Kunzite and Diamond Pendant with an appraisal of $3945; Two nights at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort including a $150 food/beverage card and 2 tickets to Disney World; Two Skybox Tickets to the Sarah Brighton Dreamchaser World Tour on October 8; 7-Day Cruise for two on Holland America; 30-Minute Ride on a Bell 206B-III Jet Helicopter; Tijuana Flats — dinner for two once a month for 12 months

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