Project Believe seeks donations, wrappers

Staff Reports

TIPP CITY — “Magic happens when communities come together and care,” is one of the core values adopted by Project Believe after watching the power of kindness in action throughout the community.

Based in Tipp City, Project Believe is a nonprofit organization supporting youth who have been orphaned through mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Most are in the foster care system and living alone in group homes, hospitals, and residential treatment centers with little outside support and very few personal belongings.

Project Believe’s mission is to remind these young people they are not alone by providing some of the comforts of home.

What started with a few Christmas gifts for 10 children in 2007, has grown to include more than 200 youth at seven facilities in two states, and year-round support programs, just by word of mouth and social media.

“The outpouring of support within our area has been amazing,” said Tammie Rafferty, executive director. “Five people gathered to wrap presents in 2008, and this year more than 200 people are expected to show up to volunteer at the annual Project Believe Wrap Party, where thousands of gifts will be wrapped in just a few hours.”

The family-friendly wrapping event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Broadway Elementary School, 223 W. Broadway St., Tipp City.

Now through Dec. 6, Project Believe alsi is accepting donations. Items must be new and can be brought to Dolly Packaging at 320 N. 4th St., Tipp City, during business hours, or from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Monetary donations are welcome in the form of checks made payable to Project Believe and mailed to P.O. Box 626, Tipp City, OH 45371.

Items needed:

• Pajamas – adult sizes

• Packaged socks – adult sizes

• Packaged underwear – adult sizes

• Fleece blankets

• Gloves

• Coloring/activity books

• Crayons – 24 count

• Playing cards

• Wall calendars

• Hot Wheels/matchbox cars — individually packaged

• Hand knit or crocheted scarves and hats

• Wrapping paper

• Tape

Project Believe is a fund of the Tipp Foundation, making all donations tax-deductible.

There are approximately 65,000 youth in America living under the same circumstances.

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