Project History

project: Full Bellies, Full Heartsunnamed-6
Location: Decatur, IL
The “Full Bellies, Full Hearts” project supported the nutritional component of programs for at-risk parents and children over a 12-month period. Meals, snacks and supplements are rarely funded by grants. This is an ongoing program need that has made a huge impact on the families of BabyTALK.
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project: Game On!
Location: O’Fallon, MO
This project will support the enhancement of the birthday game component that Sweet Celebrations holds for the homeless children they serve. The organization’s wish of being able to tailor the games played at each birthday party, directly to the child and the theme that the child chose, will now be a reality.
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project: We’ve Got Your Back!WeveGotYourBack
Location: Orlando, FL

This project provided 240 brand new backpacks for each of the twelve schools in the Orlando area that are served by Kick Off for Kids. Our backpacks are now being used to transport food home on a weekly basis for students who have been identified as high risk. They will be continually refilled and reused throughout the school year.
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project: Sweet Sugar Bearsbears
Location: Edwardsville, IL
This project provided 100 teddy bears to be distributed to children encountered by deputies of the Madison County Illinois Sheriff’s department who appear to need a little extra love and support. Children are often present during police involved calls regarding domestic disturbances, custody battles, and even drug and weapon seizures. project AVA’s hope is that our Sweet Sugar Bears (named after Ava) will provide even a moment of comfort, distraction, and normalcy for children in these situations.
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project: Supplying HopeSupplyingHope copy
Location: Chicago, IL
This project provided funding for school supplies for economically disadvantaged children in the Chicago area, through Hadiya’s Promise fall Back to School Supply give-away.
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                                                        project AVA’s Halloween Boo-tique
Location: Edwardsville, IL, Decatur, IL, Orlando, FLBoo

This project provided nearly 450 gently used and new Halloween costumes to school aged children who otherwise may not have one. The costumes were delivered to schools and organizations in Edwardsville, IL, Decatur, IL and Orlando, FL and were distributed to children in need.
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project: Pick Hope – A Heartstring projectpick hope use
Location: Decatur, IL
This project will provide 30 ukuleles to enrich musical education for at-risk children. It was coordinated and designed in honor of Nancy Mason who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
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project: A Cut Above the Rest – A Heartstring projectcut
Location: Decatur, IL 
In partnership with the Northeast Community Fund, project AVA will provide children in need with a free haircut.
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