The Gift of Love

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The holiday season has nearly arrived along with the much cooler weather. There are so many wonderful things that make this time of year beautifully special. At the LEAP Foundation, we wanted to share some of the many things that we are thankful for as we draw ever near to Thanksgiving:

Our incredible volunteers! We are blessed by our tenured volunteers and the many that are new to LEAP this year. You are all so special to our hearts for helping us to bless others in the world through our mission and international relief programs. Your talents and compassion are what gifts others in the world so greatly.

The many patients and families whom we have had the honor and privilege of helping and sharing love with in the mission fields across the globe. You are the reason we plan and work so hard every day.

Our many partners within the local and global communities. You help us greatly to benefit others and we couldn’t have the outreach that we do without your faithful and continued support.

Our donors and supporters have the most generous hearts! You are the reason that we can bring children to the United States for much needed surgical care, that we can fund an operating room in Zimbabwe and a Pediatric Ward in Haiti. These gifts benefit our future generations to come, along with our continued efforts to reach those in need, which this year included patients in Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jordan, and Zimbabwe.

To our LEAP kids who have helped raise funds so that other children may benefit. You are our sweetest of angels, thank you!

The many youth who have helped us in countless ways, we are thankful for all that you do to help further our mission. Not only do you bless our patients, but you commit yourself to serving others here at home in a variety of ways. You are amazing!

We are blessed to have a wonderful and dedicated Board of Directors and staff, led by Dr. Craig Hobar, who are passionate about LEAP’s mission and service to others. We all enjoy working hard together to continue to find ways to spread love, hope and healing to those in need. We get the benefit of witnessing miracles happen every day!

Thank you to our LEAP family. You have made this year an amazingly beautiful year that simply cannot be captured in words, only in hearts.

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Tis So Sweet

We were so blessed to see sweet Jobnaelle today in Haiti. Last year around this time, Jobnaelle and her lovely mother, Yvonne Marie, traveled to Dallas for her extensive surgery with a several week stay. A year later, she looks healthy, beautiful, and perfect, just like her twin sister, Jobnica. Still a bit shy, but what an angel!

 

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Welcome Danny!

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We are so excited to announce that our newest Landmark child, Danny, who is nine years old, will be here next Saturday, November 8th, arriving all the way from China! He and his chaperone, Chloe, will arrive at DFW airport at 3:00pm. If you are available to welcome Danny and Chloe at the airport, please let us know. We will all meet in the baggage claim area for AA flight number 2321.

Long-term LEAP supporters, Martin and Brittan Rojas, have graciously opened their home to Danny during his several week stay in Dallas. Danny’s surgery is scheduled on the early morning of November 11th at Medical City Hospital. We always love to have volunteers sit in the waiting and hospital rooms throughout Danny’s hospitalization.

Please keep Danny in your thoughts and prayers. Not only will he be undergoing several surgeries, he will be traveling on a plane and to a completely new country for the very first time, where few speak his language and the culture is entirely different. It is a lot for such a young boy!

To be a part of Danny’s story, please contact Adella at (972) 566-6550 or adellawinder@leap-foundation.org. We are also in need of gift cards From Walmart, Tom Thumb and/or Target to help with the additional groceries and other items.

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El Salvador Mission: September 10-15, 2014

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What a productive preliminary trip to El Salvador! Our LEAP team met with the plastic surgeons and orthodontists of Operacion Bendicion to assess what supplies and education are needed to expand and advance their program.

The team from Operacion Bendicion is an amazing group of dedicated doctors that have been working together for 12 years.

Their mission is to demonstrate and expand the love of God, through the implementation of humanitarian cooperation projects for sustainable development in order to improve the lives of communities, families and individuals nationwide.

We look forward to working in El Salvador on mission in the future.

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Online LEAP Auction!

We were so blessed by the generosity of those who attended our Gala. We are awaiting just a few items to be finalized and processed before we can share our final fundraising effort with you, but our preliminary numbers are really wonderful!

We had three items that were overlooked on our mission table. Today, we will highlight them individually for purchase. These items represent the global communities that we serve. If interested, please go to our website www.leap-foundation.org/donate and purchase by clicking on the donate button and designating your purchase in the description field. If you prefer, please call the office at 972-566-6550 and speak with Adella.

 

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Another Reason to Smile

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  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support LEAP by shopping often at smile.amazon.com!
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LEAP Around the World Gala & Auction

 

2014 Gala Invite Final

Watch for your invitations in the mail! This year’s 2014 co-chairs for our annual LEAP fundraising gala on the evening of Thursday, October 2, at3015 at Trinity Groves, Linda and Paige Hardison, are a great mother-daughter duo who love LEAP! There will be a VIP pre-event gathering, wonderful food prepared by celebrity chef, Sharon van Meter, a Bachendorf $1,000 raffle item, and an auction. This venue is already home to many memorable events located at the base of Dallas’ newest landmark, theMargaret Hunt Hill Bridge. We plan for a fun evening with entertainment by the Dallas String Quartet.

If you would like to donate, sponsor, help with raffle ticket sales, or otherwise be involved with this event, please contact Adella at (972) 566-6550 or adellawinder @leap-foundation.org.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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LEAP Around the World Raffle Tickets

2014 Gala Raffle Tickets-01LEAP Around the World Raffle Tickets are now available to purchase for $25 each or five (5) tickets for $100. Enter to win a $1,000 gift card to Bachendorf’s, Dallas’ finest jeweler.

The winner will be announced at the gala on the evening of Thursday, October 2 at ’3015 at Trinity Groves’. All proceeds will benefit our mission of bringing specialized medical care to children in underserved global communities. Presence not required.

 

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Blessed Are The Children in Thy Tender Care

As you know, LEAP has announced plans to help build a new Pediatric Ward at our host hospital, Hôpital Espoir, in Port-au-Prince. With the help of our incredible volunteers, Pat and Janet Ortega, the planning phases of the ward are complete, a volunteer team of professional trades is assembled and, after two trips already to Haiti, supplies are sourced and partially purchased. The hospital has already been working hard to prepare the space. Our construction team, led by Pat and Janet, will travel to Haiti in September to spend 16 days completing the Pediatric Ward.

This Pediatric Ward will add an additional 2,000 square feet to the hospital, which will include one nursing station, nine pediatric patient rooms, seven restrooms with showers, and a waiting area. The estimated cost per room is approximately $6,500.00 with a restroom and much needed air conditioning. If there is an interest in donating a room on the Pediatric Ward, a plaque honoring the donor can be provided in recognition of their generous donation.

We are continuing efforts to raise monies to meet the $50,000 budget that will fund this project. You can donate online at www.leap-foundation.org and designate the Haiti Hospital campaign. Please consider helping us provide an eternal gift of restoring health to the beautiful children of Haiti.Pedi Ward Construction5

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How Gentle Like a Spirit

Belize was my promise to God to pay it forward and it was truly a leap of faith! Not knowing a single person on the team, I had faith The Lord had brought me to LEAP with gifts to share. My hope was to bring blessings to others and what I received was so much more!

I prayed to bring hope to the children of Belize. Their warm smiles and patient great-fullness of the local people actually brought reassurance of the human spirit to me. I had hoped to bring a strong work ethic to the team, and this wonderful team showed me exactly what it means to give tirelessly in the spirit of love for other human beings. I had hoped to bring the gifts of my experience and education to better the lives of the people of Belize, but it was the simple sense of friendship and community that has completely blessed my life.

Early mornings, hard work, late nights and lots of sweat has been God’s way of teaching me humility and grace but, greatest of all, is how simply loving one another can change lives! Thank you Belize!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

By Jodi Koenig, Medical Volunteer

 

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