Color My World and Kohls Department Stores help
Hurricane Katrina Refugees in New Hampshire
“Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It is the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States.”
Local corporate sponsors teamed up with Color My World to help Hurricane Katrina Refugees in New Hampshire get ready to go back to school.
Other Corporate Sponsors assisting with this project include:
T- Bones Restaurants
Master An’s Tae Kwon Do
Goedeke Home Decor
Bedford Village Inn
The Flower Cart
Merrimack 10 Pin
The Tortilla Flat
Amherst Country Club
Stonebridge Country Club
4 Points Sheraton Hotel
Color My World received an award from Disney Adventures for our collection of hygiene kits. Color My World and Hillary Hughes was featured in the May 2004 issue of Disney Adventures highlighting our projects and hygiene kits.
Disney hosted a huge party for our organization at the Bedford Library and we invited the community to join
Here are some highlight photos of the party.
“Disney Adventures All-Stars” was a feature of the magazine that rewards the act of volunteering in the community. It was held once a year and all participants are awarded a prize, but after judging, one winner is selected to participate in a volunteer project with the hosts of that particular year.
The Call to Action
BURBANK, Calif., April 17, 2003 – Disney is once again calling all kids to volunteer in their communities and vie for the chance to become Disney Adventures All-Stars. This national effort to encourage youth volunteerism was introduced for the first time last year and is supported by Disney Adventures magazine, Disney Channel, Radio Disney, Disney Online and DisneyHand, the worldwide outreach program for The Walt Disney Company.
This year, Disney Adventures All-Stars will win $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice and a trip to California to meet the cast of the Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.” The winners and their projects will be featured in the May 2004 issue of Disney Adventures.
“The Disney Adventures All-Stars program is a perfect way to motivate kids and show them the hands-on rewards of helping others,” said Suzanne Harper, editor-in-chief of Disney Adventures. “Our magazine is designed to entertain and inspire our readers as they grow up. We hope that this program will encourage them to help others and become more involved with their communities.
The Disney Adventures All-Stars Program is open to anyone age 6 to 14 who volunteers by either joining an existing organization or inventing his or her own project. Participants can enter in one of two categories: Kid All-Star, for individual volunteers, and Team All-Star, for groups of two to six people who complete a project together.
Disney Adventures provides a plan of action for the participants, including suggestions for how to get started, possible projects to complete or organizations to work with, and a step-by-step six-month calendar. The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network facilitates the judging process and monitors the validity of the finalists’ projects. Winners will be chosen from both categories based on an essay describing the problem they tried to solve, what activity they became involved with and their definition of volunteerism.”
Disney Adventures was a children’s entertainment and educational magazine published ten times per year by The Walt Disney Company. It should not be confused with the (also defunct) Disney Magazine. Disney Adventures also contained the latest news concerning the Disney Channel.
DisneyHand, the worldwide outreach program for The Walt Disney Company, is dedicated to making the dreams of families and children a reality through focused public service initiatives, community outreach and volunteerism in areas such as learning, compassion, the arts and the environment. DisneyHand also administers the Disney VoluntEARS program, which develops opportunities for employees to contribute their personal time, expertise and effort to make a positive impact on the community. Since its inception in 1992, Disney VoluntEARS have served more than 200 cities, 47 states and 24 countries.
On August 21, 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced that Disney Adventures would be discontinued, with the last issue cover dated November 2007, which was the magazine’s 17th “birthday”
Although they didn’t feel the tremors from an earthquake in Indonesia, a Bedford family has still been affected by the disaster.
Angela Hughes and her children, Hillary, 11, Chase, 8, and Noah, 5, are assembling hygiene kits for families torn by the May 27 earthquake.
Angela Hughes said the family founded “Color My World: Kids Who Care” six years ago in response to a dearth of educational materials in South Africa.
“The inspiration behind all this is a chance to give back, because kids these days have a lot of things but not many opportunities to give back,” she said. “We heard about how school kids in Africa were splitting pencils in two because there weren’t enough, and we decided to help.”
By June 30, the Hughes family hopes to collect as many hygiene kits as possible for the Indonesian families. Each kit will have two unbreakable combs, four toothbrushes, one tube of toothpaste, two bars of soap and two hand towels. The kits will also have quilts for each family.
Hughes said the 6.3 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 5,800, injured 20,000 and rendered 650,000 others homeless.
The family has begun accepting donations from schools, local businesses, and families.
“This is a chance for families to help families, and elementary kids help elementary students,” she said. “Everyone knows why you need educational supplies, but providing hygiene kits for each family of four is a family idea that we had.”
Hillary Hughes is no stranger to the world of volunteering. The Peter Woodbury student recently received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which includes a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her Girl Scout council, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of her choice. She was in the top 10 out of 20,000 applicants in the nation.
“I was really happy and surprised to get the award,” Hillary said. “Getting people to help with what we’re doing right now is the hardest part, because it can be hard to get donations. But, kids can make a difference.”
Hillary began working with Color My World at age 5.
Hygiene Kits from Local Bedford Children
“The motivation for my project began at the age of 6 when I realized many children couldn’t afford art and school supplies. Seeing others with nothing makes you want to give everything you can to them,” she said. “My mom told me that some kids couldn’t afford to go to school, and we decided to help them. We made school kits for the kids in Africa, and later we made hygiene kits for victims of the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.”
Hillary said she would like to collect 200 hygiene kits by the shipping date of June 30.
Once collected, the kits will be shipped to a distribution center organized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“They determine the greatest area of need, and we follow their patterns,” said Angela. “We have shipped supplies to Asia, Africa and South America and, next year, we want to do our own shipping so we can help out people in China.”
Chase Hughes, who also began charity work at age 5, said it’s important to help others.
“People are happy, and they want to thank us for doing this to help other people,” Chase said. “We’re trying to get kids from school and other people to help us out. It’s important for these people to survive, have a home to live in and be able to clean themselves.”
By Joseph Edgerton, Bedford Bulletin