Buy A Gift Card – Bring Hope To Children With Cancer

Staff Report
Stockings of Hope was started in memory of Zachary Tucker, who lost his battle to brain cancer in 2006 at the age of 8. More than 240 have received assistance through this project since it began.

With the arrival of the holiday season comes an opportunity to bring hope to children who are battling cancer. The Giving Hope through Faith Foundation is holding its annual “Stockings of Hope” drive and could use your help. This project was started in memory of Zachary Tucker, who courageously battled brain cancer in 2006 at the age of 8. Zachary’s mother, Sherry Tucker, said, “We do this drive every year as we pull out Zach’s Christmas stocking. To know his short life continues to impact others has been a great comfort to us.” 
There are many ways you can participate in this project  – from making your own tax deductible donation at www.givinghopethroughfaith.org to hosting a holiday party at your office or home and encouraging friends to bring a gift card or donation to fill a stocking. Tucker also noted, “Some of the local schools hold drives as well by selling links to a paper chain. The Brandon Ballet has also generously partnered with us this year to help our families through their ballets at Christmas and in the spring. It is very encouraging to have this community-wide support and our foundation families are so thankful to have the packages coming to them, especially at this time of the year.”
More than 240 families have received their assistance since this foundation first started, and the referrals continue to pour in. By providing assistance of at least $100 in gift cards and messages of hope once a month for a year, they are able to shine a light and bring some smiles to a very difficult journey that can be filled with fear, desperation and uncertainty. They also work hard to be good stewards of the funds we receive by operating on a volunteer basis only. Ninety two cents of every dollar received goes out to the families they assist. 
To learn more about the foundation or the Stockings of Hope project, go to www.givinghopethroughfaith.org or contact Tucker at 685-6773.