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Review for Unity a Journey of Hope, Vanderbilt, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first met John and Bobbi Robinson and learned of the non-profit, Unity, A Journey of Hope, which they co-founded, in the summer of 2008. I atended my first benefit, Rock-a-Wish in August of that summer. When I learned more about the work Unity does in granting wishes to adults with life-limiting illnesses and saw the support that John and Bobbi had from their friends and community, I volunteered to assist them in any way that I could. In December of 2008, John and Bobbi braved the cold and stood outside of the local radio station, accepting donations of food, money, and/or clothing in order to see that some less fortunate families were able to celebrate Christmas. I, personally, made a monetary and food donation and spent one evening standing outside with the two of them accepting donations. Unity did this over several occasions that December, with John playing Santa Claus. I observed several families coming to make donations and enjoyed seeing the joy the children showed when they got to sit on Santa's lap. That same Christmas, Unity asked me to do some shopping for one of these families. Being that I have no children of my own, I thoroughly enjoyed buying clothes and toys for a local needy family. When I, along with Unity volunteers, delivered the goods to the said family, it was very heart-warming to see what this meant to the recipients. The parents could not thank us enough and said that if it had not been for Unity, their children would not have had a Christmas. I have always been fortunate to have everything that I need, so seeing this family's gratitude meant more to me than any material gift I received that, or any other, Christmas. That same holiday season, I also accompanied Unity volunteers to deliver Christmas presents to a family about an hour away. The vehicle was completely filled with toys, clothing...even bicycles for the children. Unity also gave the parents gift cards, so that they could purchase whatever else they might have needed in order to have a nice Christmas. I decided right then that I wanted to do this with them every year. Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to participate in many fund-raising events and more wishes, including a whirlwind trip to Tennessee to help a 38 year old with cancer receive her wish of a wedding. I have been honored to meet many people whose lives have been positively affected by Unity, including the family I delivered presents to in 2008, Karen, who they built a barn for, Don, who needed and received a heart and needed help with his family at Christmas, and Michelle, who had a wish granted to meet paranormal investigators. I have also seen many other wishes documented through pictures and video. Seeing the joy and

gratitude from the many wish recipients is very heart-warming and makes me proud to be a small part of such a wonderful organization. No matter how small or how large a wish, John and Bobbi and the Unity "Wish Warriors" will work diligently to try to make it happen. I am very proud to be involved with Unity, A Journey of Hope and will continue to support the organization and help in any way I can.

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I've personally observed and seen the joy on the faces of several grateful wish recipients whose wishes would not have come to fruition without Unity, a Journey of Hope.

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

I would like to make more people aware of what Unity does and enable them to expand so that they can change more people's lives through their good works.

Role:  Volunteer & I collected donations for needy families at Christmas, shopped for families at Christmas, worked various fund-raisers, helped plan and pull-off a wedding in 2 weeks for a wish recipient and went to Tennessee to assist in granting another wedding wish.