Delivering Hope Fund
Organized by: Kent Luong
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love..."- Mother Teresa. I am raising this fund to help impoverished children in Vietnam.
During a trip to Vietnam 10 ago years ago, I've seen and witnessed some of the unforgettable memories of these children that will forever change my life. One late night as I was heading back to my hotel from a local bar, a young 6-7 yr-old girl approached me asking to buy some chewing gum and candy. One hand she held a bundle of goods, while the other hand she carried a pack of small water bottles.
Subconsciously, I handed her some money but she wouldn't take it. She instantly responded that she was selling the goods and not begging for money. "Please buy some candy so I can help my mom- we are hungry tonight and I haven't sold anything yet all night..." Her words shattered my heart into pieces as I reached for more bills in my pocket.
As an American immigrant, I can clearly feel her pain and sorrow. Without any hesitation, I pulled out some large bills and paid for the entire thing. Altogether, they were all less than $12 USD. I gave her some large bills equal to $20 USD and told her to go take care her family and keep the change. Her face brightened up as she gracefully thanking me. Her happiness has conquered it all as if she just won a big lottery. "It's not how much we give, but how much love we put in giving." -Mother Teresa. Fast forward to the present, I've been working with a Catholic Sister, a nun, in Vietnam for the past 5 years. I've reached out to her and to be part of her mission after reading a devastating article about an unfortunate family couldn't afford to pay for medical bills. In Vietnam, a Third World country, payment must be received prior to any medical treatment. This Sister was the only help to that family. Immediately, I sent her a hundred dollars to be part of her fundraising.
Since then, we've been working together raising funding for the village where she volunteered at. Her main mission is helping poor and teaching their children. Every year, I sent her a small monetary support. This year, I want to make a bolder move by raising fund on this site and share my humble story to the world and hoping it will go far. " I cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples..." - Mother Teresa. It's a greatest feeling in the world to make a difference in someone's life and see them smile. Hopefully in the near future I will have the opportunity to join her in person on this Delivering Hope mission to the children at the villages.
Your donation will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated. The fund will go towards buying Back-to-School items as well as having some hot meals, candies, and other gifts. Many don't have shoes or sandals. They walk barefoot to school every day. Thank you for your generosity. Together, we can do great things and make a difference. I will personally send you pictures of the kids when they're receiving the goods from your donation. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again and God blessed.