The H.A.Y. Foundation served approximately 100 youth in 2017 and the referrals are already flooding in for 2018. We are able to serve these children thanks to the generosity and support of our community and its members. We sincerely appreciate each and every donor for helping us achieve our mission of improving lives of children in need. Recently, we received individual donations from Sharon Hope King in the amount of $455, Donna Schisler donated $455, Thomas Gale donated $555, and Stoneridge Carpet donated $1,000 in memory of Landon Potts.
On Thanksgiving morning, CrossFit Springfield held their 5k Gone Bird event and participants donated $1100 to benefit the H.A.Y. Foundation in remembrance of Landon Potts. Thank you to Chance & Sherry Potts and the owners of CrossFit Springfield, Grant & Melissa Wistrom and Jeremy & Jenny Mhire for selecting the H.A.Y. Foundation as the benefactor of their philanthropic efforts for the second year in a row. Your support is greatly appreciated!
In November, we were awarded a grant in the amount of $439 from the Finley River Community Foundation. This grant will be used to help purchase boots for students in need. All children participating in the H.A.Y. program are required to wear boots with a heel for safety purposes to keep the child’s foot from sliding forward through the stirrup. Since 2016 the H.A.Y. Foundation has worked with Nixa Hardware to purchase boots at a reduced cost for children in the Horsemanship Lesson Program. Parents/guardians can obtain a certificate from the H.A.Y. Foundation which allows them to purchase boots ‘at cost’ if their child does not own a pair of boots. If the parent/guardian is unable to afford a pair of boots or the child is a ward of the State of Missouri and is unable to obtain a pair of boots, the H.A.Y. Foundation will purchase boots for the child, so he/she may safely participate in the Horsemanship Lesson Program.
In 2017, we noticed an unfortunate trend showing a drastic increase in children who have experienced trauma in their life and wanted to write a grant to help support some of these children in need. The H.A.Y. Foundation was awarded a grant from the Nixa Community Foundation in the amount of $4,550. Thanks to this grant, 10 children in Nixa, who have experienced trauma, will be able to participate in the 8 week Horsemanship Lesson Program in 2018.
All of our donors will receive a thank you letter from a student who has been supported by their donation. Thank you again to all of our donors who help make this program possible!
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