Mother-and-daughter team Pam and Emily Philipp founded Operation Glass Slipper in 2006 to help high-school girls prepare for their proms. Girls who cannot afford the high cost of attending and outfitting themselves for prom can confide in a trusted adult from their school or community to obtain a referral to the program. The girls then choose a dress, purse, shoes, a necklace, and earrings from Operation Glass Slipper's inventory, which is made up primarily of new shoes and accessories and donated dresses, although the organization must purchase additional dresses to fill gaps in sizes. The girls can also bring a female companion to help them shop. Since its inception, Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted more than 1,000 girls for prom each year.
As part of its mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease, the American Lung Association in Minnesota educates children, parents, and school personnel about how to manage asthma, a prevalent yet often misunderstood disease.
Through its outdoor summer camp—Camp Superkids—the organization helps children with asthma experience fun outdoor activities in a safe environment and teaches them more about managing their chronic illness. To date, Camp Superkids has provided life-saving asthma education to more than 6,000 Minnesota children.
While one-time food and grocery donations are important to people in need, the question still remains: how can we ensure that same person isn?t in need again tomorrow, or in a month?
Second Harvest Heartland addresses this question by working to provide long-term hunger relief to the community. As a member of Feeding America, and the Upper Midwest?s biggest hunger-relief organization, Second Harvest Heartland continuously accepts donations of dry, refrigerated, and frozen food and stores them in 90,000+ square feet of space. From there, the organization's fleet of trucks delivers the donations to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other community centers. But food distribution is only part of Second Harvest Heartland's mission.
The organization runs programs and initiatives such as Food Rescue, which prevents millions of pounds of food from going unused. Professional drivers head to local grocers to collect food that would otherwise be thrown away?including fresh produce, dairy, and meat?and distributes them to soup kitchens and other partners in Second Harvest Heartland?s 59-county service area. Other programs help educate members of the community, empowering them to get involved in the fight to end hunger.
Wishes & More fulfills the wishes of youth up to age 19 who have a terminal or life-threatening illness to help bring joy into lives that have become burdened with fear and trauma. Wishes can range from items, such as nursery equipment or new cars, to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a trip to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, a family ski vacation, and the chance to meet a personal hero, be it Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis or Jackie Chan. Wishes & More also provides $1,000 memorial-fund grants to the parents of children who did not live to experience their wish and $1,000 Scholarship of Hope grants to fund young people's transition to higher education following a terminal diagnosis and recovery.
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