Marie-Lucie Spoke of Community Roots with Children's Day Students.- click to see pictures.
Yaya Luo and Community Roots
Charity delivered Children's Day gifts to hundreds of students.
June 1st is Children's Day in China. Blessing Hands and Community Roots China worked together this year in several areas to give gifts to students in minority schools. You can see the whole story by clicking on this link to our pinterest page about the wonderful events.
Betty Cutts and Li Yanlan at a scholarship meal
Leaving for China
I hope to see many of our students and volunteers during the 4 weeks I will be in China. I return on July 15th. Folks can contact me at my Chinese firstname.lastname@example.org while I am in China. Our intern, Anne O'Brien, and many Chinese friends will join me for different parts of the trip.
We will be visiting schools, giving away wheelchairs, having a dental clinic and interviewing scholarship students. We will have scholarship luncheons in Yangshuo (June 28th), Guilin (June 29th), Qinzhou (July 12th) and Nanning.(July 13th). Each time we will meet in the lobby of my hotel at 12:30 pm and go to a nearby restaurant. Write for more information if you are a scholarship student.
Dr. Dai visits a Longfu Primary School
Du'an Primary Schools Receive School Supplies and Gifts
Blessing Hands helps Schools
We collect money in cash jars in local Chinese Restaurants. We are supporting three Longfu lower primary schools with the jars. Dr. Dai, the assistant medical administrator of Longfu Hospital, buys and delivers the school supplies to the schools each semester. Click on the pictures to see more pictures on ourPinterest boards.
Wei 's cheek is almost normal now.
Update on Wei Senbao and his Family
We recently got pictures of Wei Senbao and his family. Blessing Hands is giving monthly support to this family with five fatherless cousins living with their grandmother. Click here to meet the family.
Meng, Wei's mother, and his cousin Sencai
Blessing Hands Endowment Fund
Two donors are giving $50,000 to establish a permanent endowment fund for Blessing Hands with the Blue Grass Community Foundation in Lexington, KY. http://bgcf.org/learn/nonprofit-services/ is the website of the Community Foundation. The fund is designed to insure the future stability of Blessing Hands.
The endowment will give a percentage of the investment income (up to 5%) to Blessing Hands each year while the principal is allowed to remain or grow. There is no fee for establishing the fund and no yearly fee at the level the fund is funded. Tax reports and management of the fund will be the responsibility of the Blue Grass Community Foundation, which can accept a wide range of contributions including land, stocks, retirement funds and other items besides cash.
The State of Kentucky gives a State Tax Credit up to 20% of contributions to permanently endowed funds like ours, (not to exceed a $10,000 credit per taxpayer). For example: If you give a $25,000 gift to an endowed fund at a Kentucky community foundation, you could get up to a $5,000 state tax credit! To receive the maximum credit allowed by the program, you could give a $50,000 gift for the benefit of Blessing Hands.
Anyone can add to this fund on behalf of Blessing Hands. Those donations need to be given this July to take advantage of this year's state quota of tax credits before they are all used up by other endowment donors. The tax credits can be spread out over several years.
We also encourage you to give to a donor advised fund called Blessing Fund that was also set up at the Blue Grass Foundation. The Blessing Fund will accept contributions by donors who want to give to Blessing Hands without giving to the endowment fund. All the money in that fund can be spent without restrictions.
Blessings come to those who give.
Blessing Hands Yard Sale
Blessing Hands Yard Sale was Successful
Volunteers and customers had a good time at our yard sale on June 14th. We had plenty of things given for us to sell. About half of the items sold. We had brochures for people to take to explain what Blessing Hands does and a display to show our kids.
All proceeds from the sale will be spent on our dental clinic in Du'an this summer.
Blessing Hand's purpose is to help people help themselves and others.
One of our board members, Xiaomin Mai, and I were recently interviewed by Channel 37 in Lexington for a program called Heart of Gold. Paul Chartier has been hosting this program that features non-profits for many years. The sole purpose of the program is to have non-profits charities share their mission and invite people to get involved through volunteering.
You can listen to it at this link or watch it right here.
Heart of Gold Program about Blessing Hands
Tricycle type wheelchair
109 Happy People
I am thrilled to report that 109 wheelchairs have been ordered to leave the Chinese factory the 15th of Juneon their way to Du'an. Lexington Chinese Christian Church's final tally was 50 wheelchairs. They really got behind the project and brought its success. Twenty of the chairs will be tricycles for people who can peddle with their feet. Even if they can't walk, they will be able to have mobility and even be independent again.
Four people, who have given wheelchairs, will be present when the chairs are presented on the 3rd of July. I will be sure to take lots of pictures for the rest of you. We will also have a dental clinic in Du'an and give books collected by Xiaoling Mai's primary students to Chong Ye Primary School. We expect several Chinese volunteers to come to participate.
We have recently heard that there are grants available for hearing aids and cochlear implants for poor Chinese children from an Australian philanthropist. Mandy Ma, our administrator in Du'an has told the deaf school there about the opportunity, and the teachers hope to get help for their students. If you know of hearing impaired Chinese children, the website is at this address> http://www.hearingkids.org.cn/
Our local paper has a insert, Faith Today, that appears quarterly. Stephanie Ockerman, editor, asked me to come in for an interview. It features stories of faith and overcoming and is very inspirational. You can read the article on ourPinterest.com page. Try blowing it up on your cell phone so you can read it.
The statement I like the most is, "Cutts and her like minded volunteers and supporters also believe that anyone's hand can bless others with help." She really got the heart of Blessing Hands. We indeed do hope that our students will become blessing hands to others and know that our volunteers are blesing hands.
Only One Painting Left!
Only the painting by Dongfeng Li of Jackson is still for sale. Jackson is a small town that is a KY county seat. Dongfeng painted this scene as part of a series about towns in Kentucky.
Dongfeng is a famous Chinese/Kentucky artist. He plans to lead an art workshop tour to Yangshuo to let people learn watercolor painting and experience outdoor painting in the beautiful mountains of Yangshuo, which attract many artists from all over the world.
You can buy this painting online for $600 by clicking on this link. If you give a donation over the amount of $600, it can be a deduction on your US income taxes.
I am looking forward to our summer trip to China from June 20 to July 14th. Besides giving away wheelchairs in Du'an, we will be interviewing students who need scholarships for college. We will have our college intern with us, Annie O'Brien. She will be taking a course in Tianjin before she meets us in Guilin in late June. Annie says, "Every student deserves a chance to change the world." We sure agree with that.
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and especially the scholarship lunches we set up for alumni and present students, who are receiving college scholarships. Our lunch in Nanning will be on Sunday, July 13th at the Xinhua Time Hotel, 100-1 Daxue East Rd. We will start in the lobby at11:30 am and go upstairs at 12:00 to a banquet room.
The luncheon in Qinzhou will be on July 11th. We will meet in the lobby of the White Dolphin Hotel at 11:30 am and walk to a nearby restaurant for anoon lunch.
In Yangshuo, we will meet at the Bamboo Resort Hotel, No.10 Chengzhong Road. Come at 11:30 on June 27th, and we will walk to a nearby restaurant.
I hope new students and alumni will be able to come to one of those luncheons. We may have a luncheon in Guilin on June 30 or 31st, so contact me if you can come to one there.
A famous Kentucky artist has given Blessing Hands two watercolor paintings. Dongfeng Li is from Tianjin, China and has been teaching art in the USA since 2000. He was featured in the Watercolor Artist Journal in April of 2012. His watercolor paintings usually sell for $600 to $800 dollars. He wants to help the students in China by giving of his talents. Please enjoy the pictures displayed here and consider buying one.
"Jackson' Morning" features Jackson, KY and is a 18 x 22 watercolor.
Buy a painting for at least $600. If you give over this amount, it is considered a donation to Blessing Hands. You will only get a tax deduction for the amount over $600.
Paintsville Hazy is a watercolor 22 x 30
Dongfeng has offered to help us before by doing portraits either in black and white or watercolor. You can see more of his award winning paintings by clicking on any of the pictures to go to our Pinterest Page.
Li is a portrait painter also.
Buy a painting online at our website by following thislink.
Remember that the more you give for a painting the more children will be helped.
Contact us to be the first one to buy the painting you want. We also accept checks, money orders and bank wires. You can buy a painting here by clicking on the pay now button. Buy a painting for at least $600.
If you give over this amount, it is considered a donation to Blessing Hands. You will only get a tax deduction for the amount over $600.
Blessing Hands is a registered 501(3)(c) public charity. Our Tax ID Number is 20-4794276. Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.
You can give by Paypal even if you are in another country. It is an international credit card payment.
Please help our students in China,
founder/director of Blessing Hands
106 Timber Lane
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
Ky Gives Day was a success with enough money raised on and off line to buy 92 wheelchairs. We will be giving these chairs to handicapped people in Du'an County, Guangxi Province onJuly 3rd. We still need more chairs at $90 each. Because they are made in China, we get a special rate. You can give at our website or send a check to:
106 Timber Lane
Morehead, KY 40351
The Wheelchair Foundation, working with the China Disabled Person's Federation (CDPF), will select the chairs according to the needs of each person to receive them. We will have a dedication ceremony in Du'an County and meet many of the people, who get the chairs. The Du'an County Tourism Bureau will also assist us in this project. At least four donors will also be there to see the chairs received.
We thank everyone who gave chairs, especially Lexington Chinese Christian Church, whose members took this cause to their hearts. One leader offered to match the donations of other members and stirred them up to give. Thank you all for blessing these handicapped people.
Two New Water Purifiers Installed
You can see more pictures by clicking on the photos in this newsletter.
Jian Gao 高健 (2nd from left) with
Tingxi Primary 亭西小学 School leaders
True to his word, Jian Gao 高健 has returned to Guizhou Province to install water purifiers at two more primary schools, Tingxi 亭西 and Wanfenghu. He has also found three more schools near his home in Kunming that need water purifiers. He is taking the initiative to make sure these schools are helped too.
A donor has given $500 for a fourth water purifier. If you want to help too, click on this link to raise the other $600 needed. That would make four new water projects come true this summer. If you are traveling to Kunming soon and can carry a 15 pound water purifier in your suitcase, please let us know.
Yao School Story
Children helping children
School supplies given to Lin Wang
Primary School 林旺学
Our Blessing Hands college intern hiked two hours to this school in 2010. This group of volunteers found Wei Senbao韦森宝 with a deformed lymphatic mass on the side of his neck from a birth defect. Lin Wang School 林旺 was isolatedthen. Four years later the school has a new road, school building, and a nutrition program that pays for their lunches. These are all government improvements.
Before picture of Wei. Senbao
Wei Senbao 韦森宝 after his operations
During these same years Blessing Hands raised the money for Wei Senbao's 韦森宝 operations to correct his birth defect sending him to Shanghai for medical treatment. He is now doing very well, but he will have another operation when he is older. We also began to find sponsors for Wei's four orphaned cousins and his family in general. Money was raised by Vacation Bible Schools and coin jars in Chinese restaurants to fund school supplies for the whole school.
Now a Nanning City primary school, Minle Primary School, with 1200 students has become involved with Lin Wang 林旺学 and another Yao minority school in Du'an County The assistant principal of Minle, Xiaoling Mai 麦晓玲, has lead a campaign to help Chong Ye 崇业小学 and Lin Wang Primary School.
Xiaoling Mai gave shoes and clothes to the Lin Wang kids.
Xiaoling 麦晓玲 and her sister Xiaojuan Mai 麦小娟 visited Lin Wang with us this winter to measure the kids for shoes and clothes. She was so touched by their need that she gathered her friends and relatives to come back within a week to give the kids socks, shoes, coats, and other items.
She also arranged for her school to adopt Chong Ye Primary School 崇业小学. The two schools will be cooperating with teacher training, school supplies and other projects. You can see a video of Minle students visiting their sister school at this link from Chinese TV.
Xiaojuan Mai 麦 小娟 is a doctor and is arranging for a dental clinic in Du'an on July 2nd. Volunteers will check the student's teeth and teach dental hygiene. They are asking for donations of tooth brushes and paste. Contact us if you want to donate items. I am delighted by the changes in these Yao schools and the rise of volunteers and donations from Chinese people.
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.