For many business owners, one of the privileges of ownership is to be able to support the local community and play an important role in worthy causes. It’s one of the reasons businesses around the world are now investing their resources in local charities for children.
As 2016 draws to a close, most of us are busier than we'd like. Between Christmas shopping, visiting friends and family, and looking forward to the New Year, we find ourselves strapped for a free moment. With so much extra activity, it’s easy to lose track of time, and watch December 31st come and go without making your donation to Kurn Hattin. We gladly accept donations all year round, and starting the New Year with a generous donation is always appreciated. We wanted to make you aware of a potential benefit if you are planning to give. Postmark your donation by December 31st to make it a charitable tax deduction on your 2016 taxes. When you get your donation in and postmarked by December 31st, it allows you to include this gift in your 2016 taxes, so you won’t have to wait an entire year. If you’re like most taxpayers, you want your charitable deductions to take effect as soon as possible, and luckily there’s still time to make that happen for your 2016 taxes.
Kurn Hattin 4H Club ventured to the Equine Affair in Springfield, Massachusetts on November 10th for a whole day of fun-filled activities. Our 4H Club’s first stop was at the Coliseum. The Hunter/ Jumpers were cantering their horses over fences and obstacles. Our kids excitably counted the strides the horses took right before launching over the hurdles.
Giving Children a Chance at Kurn HattinKids look to do well. Kids want to be good. Kids want to grow up to live their dreams. To be the people, they aspire to be. The people you want them to be. Sometimes, though, it's not that simple. Life throws all of us some curves. Problems at home, financial issues, a toxic social or physical environment....any of these things can work to steal the future from a child.
Children are amazingly resilient. Given a chance, a kid whose future looks bleak can turn her or his life around. If you've spent any time at Kurn Hattin, you've seen it happen every day as children transition out of difficult situations and into hopeful futures.
A child arrives angry, wary, confused. She thinks life is unfair. He doesn't believe in himself. Within weeks, the personality within has begun to emerge, and you begin to see the beautiful soul that the child was scared or unable to share before. They have new friends. New mentors. New faith in what they can do. In who they are.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching we are on the cusp of the consumer frenzy. During this season of shopping and giving we at New England Kurn Hattin Homes wanted to provide you with a way to be a dynamic donor whilst being a thrifty shopper.
Here are two ways you can assist our mission at Kurn Hattin while you are shopping for those you love!
Outgoing and incoming Kurn Hattin Homes’ Presidents William Abbott and Janet Wilson.
On September 28th, New England Kurn Hattin Homes held its Annual Meeting of the Corporation. During the business meeting, led by Board President William Abbott, elections were held to appoint one Trustee and four Incorporators.
Kurn Hattin Debuted at Milton Hershey School Chapel Service
A congregation of 1800+ students and staff at Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA clapped and cheered as the 35- member-strong Kurn Hattin Select Choir, under the direction of Ms. Lisa Bianconi (with the assistance of Ms. Jen Leonard), performed in the Chapel Service at Milton Hershey School on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
The Kurn Hattin Homes Choir sang three selections: "Let All the World Hear Music (featuring a trio of Leianna Isaacs, Alex Lowe, and Zach Yarosz), "Dona Nobis Pacem," and "Follow Me to the Top" (Zach Yarosz, soloist). Other aspects of the service were also Kurn Hattin related as Steve Harrison, Executive Director offered the opening prayer; scripture was read by alumnae Breanna Holmes, Kaylee Cherbonneau, and Susanna Compare; and the "MHS Pledge" was introduced by alumna Juliana Whitcomb. Pastor Mike Wagner, Director of Religious Programs at MHS, hosted the KHH choir and led worship, presenting the thought-provoking sermon, "Strangers & Aliens."
Kurn Hattin students enjoyed a full weekend of activities, meeting with KHH alumni for a Q&A session, touring the MHS campus, and spending a fun-filled afternoon at Hersheypark®, a huge amusement park adjacent to campus.
At Kurn Hattin, we stress the importance of being involved in activities. We offer team sports, and we have expanded our offerings to include lifetime activities. We have offered fishing, archery, sewing, dance, running, walking, skiing and snowboarding, just to name a few. We encourage students to try new things, explore options and to step out of their comfort zone. We hope to spark an interest or ignite passion.
Even if you don’t have billions of dollars to donate, you can still make a difference. We as a society tend to give because we feel altruistic. We have a want or need to help others. But, we might not have the budget to give what we feel would help, or we are unsure of where to begin.
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children supports all charitable giving; we are in the business! We want to help you find a way to donate that supports your budget, goals, and altruistic needs. So what should you think about before donating to charity?
Last Friday Hubbard cottage invited Warner cottage over for popcorn movie night. The older girls did not seem too enthused when they walked through the door, as they had hopes of going to the gym for some coed basketball time.
The Warner girls put their shoes in the front hall and walked around the corner to find the toy room open, with the Hubbard girls clomping around in high heels, draped in shawls and dress up clothes! Wow!
From that moment on, the background noise and atmosphere in the cottage was giggly, imaginative story telling, acting, posing, hair styling, and pampering, topped with good old fashion fun!
Three of the Warner girls immediately pawed through the bin looking for dresses, tried on some high heels and even found some costume jewelry to make their outfits complete.
Three other Warner girls instinctively went straight for hair styling, teaching braiding and sock bun techniques to each other, and the house parents. Two other Warner girls, found some large styling mannequin heads to practice on.
Concluding the gathering with the lights dimmed, voices quieted, popcorn distributed and apple juice poured, all enjoyed the ever popular movie “Holes”.
Suzanne Peltier, Houseparent, Hubbard Cottage