A Fresh Start for Children in Need
19th of April 2019
“I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible.” – Oprah Winfrey
Spring is a time of rebirth; renewal; fresh starts. I recently came across the quote above and it made me think about the children and youth the Children’s Foundation of America supports. One thing these children have in common is the need for a fresh start. Children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or other types of trauma realize from an early age that no one can travel back in time and undo the pain and suffering they have experienced. If it was possible, I would rev up the “way-back machine” and erase every horrible incident inflicted upon a child, as would you; as would anyone with a heart. Accepting the impossibility of correcting the past is made so much easier when coupled with the possibility of a better, brighter future.
The Children’s Foundation does everything it can to provide that possibility by ensuring trauma-affected kids have access to the items (such as school and art supplies, sports and game equipment, technology…), experiences (music and dance lessons, tutoring, special events….) and opportunities (summer camp tuition, college scholarships, transitional housing…) that will allow them to participate, learn, grow and succeed!
Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more provides the little things that make a big difference. Please consider making a recurring monthly donation to sponsor a child’s ongoing possibilities. Helping children discover and develop their potential helps to change and expand their perception of what is possible. It allows them to imagine themselves achieving their goals and gives them a sense of purpose, which can lead to healthier behaviors, intentions, actions and lives.
While we cannot revise history, we can assure abused children that they did not cause or deserve what was done to them. We can remind them that their past does not define their future. We can encourage them to pursue their dreams and write their own stories. We can provide them with that much-needed fresh start. It takes very little to create positive change in a child’s life. Please join us, and together, we can help make seemingly impossible things possible.
Cher Ofstedahl, Executive Director
Children’s Foundation of America
PO Box 1210, Claremont, CA 91711