By Sandy Meyer
One World, One Child has been making big strides in making a difference in the lives of local children in need. The organization, which is based in Lithia, is in its second full year of operation and in its short existence has made huge strides in helping children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. Robert Tewes, President of the charity, is excited about the work that has been done over the last several months and says there is plenty more to come.
Mary Berg, Resource Coordinator for A Kid’s Place in Tampa Bay, recently received a check for $12,000 from One World, One Child. “As for specifically how [One World, One Child] affected us this past year, we took the $12,000 donated and purchased a used Honda Accord that we use to transport children to court hearings, doctor’s appointments, and therapy sessions. We have been blessed by One World, One Child in many ways and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come,” she shared.
In addition to the large donation benefiting A Kid’s Place, Tewes charity has donated $1,000 to the Mike Alsott Family Foundation and $1,000 to Fuling Kid’s International, an orphanage in China. Tewes says that Fuling Kid’s International is near and dear to FishHawk, as a number of children adopted from the orphanage now call it home.
They are also currently working with Newsome High School to identify two students to receive $1,000 college scholarships for the 2013 school year. “We hope this small scholarship can help with some of those early cost pressures and allow our recipients to focus on their academics,” Tewes explains.
There is more to come this year from One World, One Child. In November, it will be teaming up with Pediatric Cancer Foundation in hosting Fore the Kids golf classic at Riverview Hills Country Club and in December, the annual holiday fundraiser for A Kid’s Place will be held to once again raise funds for this amazing organization.
For up-to-date information on these and other events happening with One World, One Child, or to make a donation, please visit its Facebook page or call 235-3126.