Hello, my name is Gabriella Ghandour and I am the founder of Kindle Hope! Around six years ago at Christmas time, (when I was in the sixth grade), I was sitting and thinking about all of the gifts I had gotten that year, all of the loving family members I was surrounded by, and about how truly blessed I was. I thought about all of the things that I, we, take for granted every day- coming home to a house with a roof, having enough food to eat, having a role model to look up to. I began to realize how fortunate my life was. For this reason, I wanted to give back and to help those who were not as fortunate as I was. In an attempt to do so, I created the For-Purpose, Non-Profit: Kindle Hope. The purpose of Kindle Hope was to help people in our community – specifically children. I wanted to help underprivileged children with not only what they needed, but also what they wanted. There are plenty of organizations that donate money, and clothes, and food, but how many just try and spread happiness? Of course, I still wanted to aid with the necessary things; however, I also wanted to go just a step beyond to put a smile on someone’s face. That same year, the Kindle Hope Foundation (a group of about 15 kids and I) raised $500 to buy gifts (toys, nail polish sets, movies, an Xbox, books, etc.) for the long-term patients at the Covenant Children’s Hospital. Not only that, but we also passed out coloring books and crayons to some of the long term cancer patients there. Not to mention, we bought Christmas gifts for children on the giving tree at our school. The next year we raised $700 and donated it to the Ronald McDonald House. We also visited the house to clean for them and bake cookies (because food always makes people feel better). In the years after, we have thrown different launch parties and fundraisers. Now, we are hoping to reach our new, slightly ambitious, goal of $10,000 for the Buckner Children’s Home Family Hope Center which aids in providing free parenting classes and skills training for lower socioeconomic status adults who have been separated from their children. Their services help to lower the rate of child abuse and neglect within the community while allowing more children to reunite with their parents in healthier, less volatile relationships. By incorporating music and the arts, we hope to change the lives of less fortunate children one smile at a time. We would greatly appreciate any help or support you offer (volunteering, donations, etc.). So please, join us in our mission to spread happiness as well as provide financial support to those who have been robbed of the most basic necessities of life. Together, we can spark positive change in this world.
Visit our article in the Lubbock Lifestyles Magazine Fall 2014 Premier Issue (Pages 68-73)!