This special time of year our family celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
I want to share a picture of my grandchildren hunting Easter Eggs. We dyed some real eggs in the old fashion way and hid them outside along with plastic eggs with money in them. Just like new life comes from an egg, the trees and flowers are waking up to show their spring glory. Blessing Hands wishes you a Happy Easter.
in Guangxi Province, China. That will let each of the 14 classrooms have three computers. We will be launching a GoFundMe campaign for donors in the near future. We will need your help to spread it online to various social media sites. Right now, we have a new video of our visit to the school completed. You can see it at this link.
The children are deaf, blind, and physically handicapped, but they can learn computer skills to support themselves in the future. We plan voice controlled software and screen readers for the blind students. The others can enjoy special educational software. We have enthusiastic volunteers working on a grant, but we want to have matching funds raised to facilitate the grant. Please give to our matching fund.
The East Oldham Middle School water purifier team will again be in Yangshuo, China June 26th - July 2nd to install five water purifiers in primary schools. Teachers and staff from the school have joined together with the students to raise money for the effort to send five team members and buy a water purifier. There will also be a China team coming from Kunming to help install them. The Gao family has helped install purifiers and funded purifiers for three years now. What a blessing the primary schools will receive in clean, safe water.
Wuxuan County and Miao Minority Program
Several friends and volunteers from China will join us to visit our new students in both Wuxuan County in Guangxi and the Miao minority children in Yunnan Province.
We have sponsors for all of these new students but two Li children in the same family. You can sponsor one for $84 for partial help or $295 for complete yearly sponsorship including books, clothes, and school food. You can see these two Li children at this Link. Contact us to select a student. We also have students in Yangshuo needing sponsors. Follow this link to see them.
Our whole trip will end on July 15th after we have visited schools, projects, and friends. We will have scholarship lunches in four cities to see our college students. One MSU college student, Kayla Mitchell, will travel with us this time. Matthew Liu and Eddy Wu will participate in our projects also. Matthew is our board member in China, and Eddy is especially interested in water purification.
Good News from Kroger
Our supporters (20 households), who shopped with their Reward card at Kroger this quarter have contributed $128.03 to Blessing Hands.
Right now, you can earn 4,000 REWARDS® Bonus Points¹ for each friend you refer to the Kroger 1-2-3 REWARDS® Visa® Card. It's the card that earns you FREE groceries fast and give to Blessing Hands at the same time!
Tell them to enter Blessing Hands as their chosen charity with the reference code of 75706. They can also just type in Blessing Hands to search for our charity on the community page. Each time they use the card, Blessing Hands will receive a percentage of every purchase.Link to enroll Blessing Hands as your charity
Make sure they put your referral code on their application, and you will receive 4,000 Bonus Points. You will get your referral code by email from Kroger, if you already have a card.
After they're approved, your friend will receive a $25 FREE grocery coupon.
We are developing a WeChat page to introduce Blessing Hands in China. Everyone uses a mobile phone nowadays. WeChat is the common way Chinese communicate. It is a free phone app download. Imagine Facebook for your phone, except you can make free international phone calls both private and conference. I love it.
We have gracious helpers who are developing our story in Chinese and English so people in China can learn about Blessing Hands. I will share the page when it is ready. WeChat is useful anywhere. I recommend it to anyone in the USA also. Download your WeChat app so you will be able to see our page and chat with friends all over the world.
Kroger will be sending a check for $329.47 to Blessing Hands. (18 households) who shopped at Kroger between 09/01/2014 and 11/30/2014 (Cycle 1, Qtr 1) have contributed to our $329.47 total donation. If you are in Kentucky, you can help our kids by simply shopping at Kroger's.
This is free to you and I when we associate our Kroger Plus rewards card with Blessing Hands. Don't forget to link to our organization on the Kroger site. The more our supporters shop with Kroger, the more money our organization will earn!
Go to this Kroger Link to associate your Kroger plus card with Blessing Hands. If you don't have a Kroger Plus card you can sign up for one and save every time you shop. It cost you nothing and has given us $329.47 this quarter. It does not affect your Kroger Credit Card Rewards.
Give Help to a Primary Chinese Child this Christmas
Yangshuo Child needing a sponsor
Primary children in the Yangshuo and Liuzhou area of China need sponsorship for school. Put a Chinese child on your Christmas list. Only 7 days until Christmas.
Peiling Wu (Peggy) graduated from college in 2011 and became a teacher in a rural school. She was among the first 12 girls we sent to college with a grant. She wrote me email just recently that I want to share with you.
How are you? Sorry I haven't contacted you for a long time. Yes, it has been a long time. I currently still teach at the village elementary school. There is not a big number of students, only 187 kids. Besides teaching everyday, I also work on my vegetable garden after school. I live a busy and meaningful life now, which is given by "Blessing Hands", If it were not for your help, I would have dropped out of school. If it were not for your help, I would have worked very hard in a factory production line. I am so thankful for all you have done for me.
Just Say Boo to Drugs
Blessing Hands volunteers took part in the Just Say Boo to Drugs
Cowboy receives candy after saying "Boo to Drugs".
event in our community for Halloween. Over a 1,000 children came to get candy from tables set up by nonprofits and businesses in Morehead. The yearly activity keeps the kids out of the rain and dark and allows them to receive a wholesome message about avoiding drugs.
Matthew Liu, one of our board members who was visiting from China, joined Shuyi Wang, a visiting scholar from Tianjin, in handing out candy to the kids. Having never seen a Halloween in the USA, they took lots of pictures of kids in Halloween costumes and make up.
Savané Silver Gift
Silver Sweeties Earrings
We have a special way to raise money this Christmas while offering you Silver Sweeties earrings handmade by Savané Silver in Lexington, Kentucky.
Rachel Savané has given us a special promotion for Blessing Hands supporters. She likes to invest in her community and help others. These are solid sterling silver earrings that slip through your pierced ears.
The cost, which includes shipping in the USA, is $60. Kentucky residents will pay $63.30.This includes Ky sales tax and shipping. International shipping would be about $13 more.
Do your Christmas shopping online now while helping rural kids in China.
$60 for Silver Earrings and shipping
$63.30 in Kentucky for tax and shipping
New Primary Students
Mingding's father is hard of hearing.
Yuanyuan's family is very poor. Her brother, Mingding, is also in our program.
I met Tina Yuqing Qin while she was a visiting scholar in the USA. She and her colleagues had been helping poor students in their area. They joined their efforts with ours to help 12 more of these very poor children. Here is their report of Yuanyuan's family situation.
"These primary students are brother and sister. Among all the poverty-stricken families, their house is the rattiest one our volunteers have ever seen. The kitchen is open air, and the roof ofthe house is a piece of plastic cloth. The outside of the wall is washed out by rains. Written in big read characters is "Keep away from this dilapidated house!" A hand-made bed from a piece of wood is where the little girl sleeps at night. The father is so hard of hearing that we could not communicate with him. The mother has just disappeared. A cousin, who has lost his parents and is also very hard of hearing, is living together with the family."
Besides these 12 students, there are 23 more new primary students in Yangshuo, who also need sponsors. You can sponsor one partially for $84 a year or fully for $295 a year. Most of them are from single parent families or the family has a
disabled member. We hope you will give a Christmas gift that will keep on giving to these students for years to come. You can also give to the primary fund and not take a particular student.
We give thanks that three of these new students have sponsors now. Please make it all of them. We have started a Christmas giving page for these students.
Blessing Hands Featured at the MSU International Dinner.
Xiaomin Mai Oney and Betty Cutts at the International Dinner at Morehead State University.
Xiaomin Mai Oney, one of our board members, and I had a great time at the recent International Dinner at Morehead State University. We signed up several newsletter contacts and made new friends. I got to present a 10 minute slide show about our students and their needs at the dinner.
New sponsors, Hannah Chen and Ray Liu, in Cleveland with Shuyi Wang, a visiting scholar at MSU
Shuyi Wang, Matthew Liu and I enjoyed a trip to Cleveland to talk about Blessing Hands to supporters there. Almost everyone at the meeting signed up to help our kids. If you want a presenter to come to your area, let us know.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for the 1000+ students we have helped over 9 years, our devoted volunteers, board members, and staff. Most of all, however, we thank our sponsors, donors, and friends, who make it all possible, and God whose Blessing Hand started and has guided everything.
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.