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Update from Amanda

November 23rd, 2015

Hello Everyone:

I apologize for not writing sooner. The last few months have been incredibly busy but eye-opening. Working in Budapest during the influx of Syrian refugees, many of whom were children, was a sobering experience, made even more tragic when the image of the lifeless body of a 3 year old child on a beach in Turkey was circulated world-wide. A child looking for Sanctuary. We cannot help all the World’s children but S4K can and does make a difference to some of them. Without you it would not be possible.

So many good things are happening for our charities and so many great fundraising initiatives have taken place. Please see our blog updates and community pages, but grab a Kleenex first. The news is heart-warming and beautiful. The blog updates always make me cry. Michael Hess of NOH speaks with such eloquence that you feel like you are there with him.

Our winter campaign is starting up and we need your help now more than ever. Although our charities are doing well, winter is looming and it brings with it new and difficult challenges. Our belief in ‘paying it forward’ is something that is done in spades by all of our charities, as they not only help the people in their care but the people in their communities. In Nepal, Haiti and Vancouver, we see how people with so little reach out to help those even less fortunate than themselves. This kind of grace and generosity is incredible and humbling.

We are going back to building villages this year. It appears to resonate with people. I know I love watching the villages grow! This is one of our bigger fund raising efforts of the year and I know it comes at a time when money is stretched thin. That’s why I am always amazed at the end when we have raised so much. I believe it is because you are the BEST SUPPORTERS EVER!

We also have another GABIT event coming October 21-23rd of next year, ‘AT9 Re-Imagined’.

For some reason all AT events have been named starting with an R. So this year I was racking my brain trying to come up with something fun. We will be trying a few new things this year to keep it fresh for our friends who have been before and hopefully to entice some new faces. The AT events are arguably our biggest fundraiser. It’s an incredible weekend of laughter and camaraderie and generosity. Hope you can join us.

I send a huge thank you to our monthly and yearly donors. You are our backbone.

We have had a great year. In spite of the terrible earthquake in Nepal people are doing well and even thriving. In spite of all the turmoil in the world people are still opening their hearts and their minds.

I thank you all for your generosity of spirit when it comes to Sanctuary for Kids. You are our greatest ambassadors. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for your continued love and support.

With lots of love, admiration and respect,

Amanda xo