507 blankets and 950 hygiene items were donated by 4Life employees during the holiday season. Employees at the home office in Sandy, Utah cut and tied many, many blankets, for local kids that need a little extra warmth this Winter.
Did you know that 2.2 million children in the U.S. sleep on the floor every night? They are sleeping on couches or even sharing beds with 1-2 other kids. Foundation 4Life partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build a total of 40 bunk beds for local children. That’s 80 kids in the Granite School District that now have a bed of their own, and ultimately, a better life. Thank you to all of the 4Life employees who donated and helped to build these beds!
One of the principals in an Orlando school district noticed that lots of kids weren’t showing up for school. He wondered why. After some investigation, he realized these kids didn’t have a way to get to school. Most of their parents worked two or three jobs to support their families. This principal thought of an incentive to get kids to school—bikes! As a reward for finishing schoolwork or getting to school on time, kids could earn bikes so they could get to and from school. At Convention 2019: RISE, 4Life distributors stepped up and built 250 bikes for these kids! Together, Building Bikes!
E.S.T.H.E.R is a non-profit organization in Orlando, Florida that is dedicated to the emotional and physical need of single mothers. Every year Foundation 4Life partners with E.S.T.H.E.R. for a back to school event to help the kids get off to a great start. This year we help each child receive a new backpack full of new supplies, and get a new pair of shoes!
"Every year we get excited about back to school and this year is no exception. Because of Foundation 4Life we are going to be giving NEW SHOES! Can you imagine, every student will now get backpacks full of school supplies and new shoes for school! We have found a great way to buy the shoes at a discounted rate which allows us to make the donation go further and buy more NEW shoes! God is so good, and we are very thankful."
- Karen Sellers- E.S.T.H.E.R. Single Mothers Outreach
The ATEAM, lead by International Diamond, Janice Skeen, in Barberton, Ohio found out that right in their own community, 78% of the children were at risk and most of these children were only eating meals when at school. The children lost the ability to concentrate during school leading to lower test scores and poor behavior.
The ATEAM stepped up and wanted to help these kids by implementing a Snack Pack & Backpack program! The ATEAM puts together snack packs filled with food items to be given to kids who won’t have meals to eat over the weekend as well as providing backpacks and basic school supplies. This program has been successful for seven years now and the results are amazing! The students on this program increased their academic performance by 11 percentile points compared to students who were not on the program. These students also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression and had better attitudes about themselves, others and the sch...
Tiffany Carnal, a 4Life® distributor in Kentucky, invited Vice President of Service Catherine Larsen and me to visit the Mountain Mission School in Virginia. This school has provided a safe home for thousands of at-risk youth since 1921. Currently, more than 200 kids from more than 60 countries worldwide call Mountain Mission School home.
We had the opportunity to tour the campus, eat lunch with the kids, and talk with them about their hopes and dreams. It was truly inspiring to listen to how they overcame challenges and made their lives better.
After our visit, we immediately wanted to do something to support the school. We went to a store and filled our carts with supplies, toys, games, and goodies for the kids. Together, we helped bring hope to a few children that day, a hope that will inspire them and give them the courage to move forward in their lives and achieve their dreams.
When visiting special places like the Mountain Mission School, it’s always hard to put what I feel...
As we go through our daily routines, it’s always important to remember that there are people around us who are in need. Their needs may be big or small. Be the one to step out of your routine and find someone to serve.
In December 2018, 4Life® employees gathered at the annual employee Christmas party to make survival goodie bags for homeless youth in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vice President of Marketing Kelly Bellerose took a moment out of her daily routine to reflect on how impactful simple acts of service can be.
"I rolled my garbage cans out to the curb this morning without gloves on my hands,” she said. “I think it took about two minutes before my hands started burning from the cold. There are 1,000 homeless youth in the Granite School District without the necessities to keep warm. It’s hard to imagine that kind of suffering. I am so proud of my co-workers who donated supplies to help these precious kids stay a bit warmer and more comfortable this winter.”
Most children are filled with excitement as they start a new school year. They look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and showing off their new backpacks and school clothes to their classmates. But for some kids, a new school year can bring stress, anxiety, and even embarrassment if they don’t have basic necessities and supplies. It can also be extremely stressful for parents who may not have the means to provide what their kids need to be successful.
International Diamond Janice Skeen and the ATEAM of Ohio have been rallying together to help make going back to school a special and exciting time for children in their local community. For the past several years, the ATEAM has provided weekend snack packs for kids at Barberton West Elementary in Ohio to help supplement meals when they aren’t in school. This year, along with the snack pack program, the ATEAM also provided the lucky children with backpacks and school supplies.
Inspired by their efforts, 4Life Global Headqua...