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FACES OF COURAGE FOUNDATION
July 20, 2009

Faces of Courage provides special and sometimes unbelievable experiences for those the Foundation serves. As a high school counselor and the sponsor of an honor society, I coordinate numerous opportunities for my students to volunteer with Faces of Courage. Volunteering with this organization is a life-changing experience for many students. They see such joy in the faces of the children they encounter at the camnps! In an essay, one of my students wrote: "Since the 10th grade, I have been volunteering for Faces of Courage (FOC). Every December, FOC has sponsored “Santa’s Workshop Weekend,” a camp for children from ages three to 12 who have been ‘touched’ by cancer in some way. For a weekend, a community of children gathers for fun and games. Each year, I have played the role as a ‘buddy elf,’ in which I am to pair up with a child and be his/her own little ‘elf’ for the day. I have been Thai ’s buddy elf for three years and running. A mutual relationship: He looks up to me—I serve him. The climax of the event was the actual Santa’s workshop. These exceptional children were given the chance to enter “Santa’s workshop” where they shopped for toys and other gifts. However, the motive to enter the paradise was unique. Anyone that goes into the Santa’s workshop can only select gifts for their friends and family. I admired this wonderful intention: giving to others produced loving appreciation for everyone. My heart was touched by the level of consideration by all. Even the rowdy, messy-haired kid managed to get the gift of his sister’s dreams. In the workshop, I helped Thai carry his selections. As he walked up and down each aisle he verbally asked himself what everyone would like this Christmas. I felt pride in my support of an organization that promotes these selfless acts of compassionate consideration. ...I was able to make a positive impact on not just Thai. That little boy represented every kid with cancer—to bring a smile to his face was working toward the goal to bring happiness to them all."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of the children it serves.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probaly crash and burn! Peggie Sherry, who runs it now, is a superwoman and nobody could ever begin to fill her shoes!

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the never-ending dedication of the volunteers and the committment they make.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the most amazing camp in the world, provide enriching experiences for every kid with cancer, and provide creative support for women with breast cancer.

Ways to make it better...

there was more money to do more with!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money and money!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Faces of Courage rocks!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Coordinated student volunteers; collected donations of items for camps.