BENEFITING: HUGS FOR HORSES AND CHILDREN YOUTH RANCH INC
ORGANIZER: HUGS FOR HORSES AND CHILDREN YOUTH RANCH INC
Hello Family and Friends – So this will most likely be the rawest and most truthful post you will read today I bet. So often on Facebook you only see a glimpse of happy lives we lead but today I will share with you in hopes that you will feel compelled to help hundreds of kids with a small or large donation. About three months ago our family had our lives turned upside down and inside out with a very painful experience. My family will survive and we will heal but it will take a long time and we did need to turn to professional help.
One of the things my children love most are animals so I sought out animal therapy for them. I loved horses when I was younger and they were a source of happiness for me. Another source of strength was in my faith. I feel like the Lord lead me to the HUGS Ranch. This is a wonderful place! A place you can feel the Lord is working to heal children! The ranch is a welcoming place with staff and volunteers that are there for the kids. HUGS Ranch started with a young girls' dream of healing kids. She went to her mom with her plan and they both went to the Lord for guidance. Two strong ladies and a horse turned into many volunteers, 15 horses, a few goats, a dog and hundreds of kids coming to experience the love of the horses and the Lord. They heal and grow stronger from the kindness of the volunteers and the gentleness of the horses. As a parent seeing my kids eyes light up for the first time in months was the best day in this journey of healing. They were happy, laughing and filled with joy for the first time in what seemed like forever. To see the sparkle in their eyes and spring in their step after the pain and tears was amazing.
I share this experience with you not for sympathy but to ask for your help. Right now the ranch helps a little over 500 kids during the summer! That is a huge amount of kids but they want to help more! They would like to raise enough money to build an indoor arena for the horses so they can run the therapy camps for the children all year long. This is truly an amazing place and to see my kids happy again I am willing to lay it all out there in a personal and heartfelt plea.
Can you find it in your heart to make a donation? No donation is too small! Every penny adds up and every dollar turns into hundreds when each of us adds a bit to the pot. This donation will be helping hundreds and if not thousands of kids here in West Michigan! The kids that come to the Ranch are from all walks of life but they have one thing in common, they need healing from many different situations whether it is from abuse, eating disorders, homelessness, emotional troubles and so on. Each child gets one on one attention, a horse to ride and a friend to share a smile or their troubles with. They get to work out their pain while enjoying nature, learning about the Lord, horses and some laughs with some great volunteers.
Your donation will truly be helping children for YEARS to come! Thank you for reading and thank you for the donations! God Bless –
The Raap Family!