I started Haley’s Helping Hands of Maryland, Inc. when I was eleven years old because I believe in the importance of helping those in need. The primary focus of Haley’s Helping Hands is to provide gently used clothing, shoes, and sports equipment to those in need whether homeless, living in a shelter or living on their own but in need of support. In the winter months, my goal is to include a coat, hat, gloves and scarf for every individual to whom I ship. I also work with shelters in Maryland to provide support as needed.
Individuals and families in need can access support through this website by submitting a contact form (click on "contact" tab above) listing the items they need. Once the request is received, I gather as many of the requested items as possible based on my current inventory, which I maintain through in-kind donations. All items are shipped at absolutely no charge to the families. Through various fundraising efforts, I raise money to cover all shipping costs. My goal is to fill each request within two weeks, and all items go out freshly laundered.
I am also working to expand my support for children to include scholarships that will allow them to join local sports teams such as soccer, baseball and lacrosse, or activities such as taekwondo. I believe that by providing these scholarships, I can help the children feel more confident about themselves, which will hopefully lead to better experiences in life! When children feel confident, they are happier, have an easier time learning, and are better able to demonstrate their skills! Haley's Helping Hands recently sponsored two children (ages 3 and 11) to play community soccer, as well as three children living in a shelter to participate in gymnastics.
Finally, as I continue to grow my organization, I am learning more and more about what people truly need to support their children and families, such as school supplies and undergarments, both of which can be quite expensive. My goal is to purchase these items new thanks to your generous donations.
Haley Havard (age 15)
What's happening at Haley's Helping Hands? Watch our slideshow to see:
HOW MANY FAMILIES HAS HHH SERVED?
JUST THE NUMBERS...
Busy getting our name out!
500 items dropped at shelters to introduce HHH
1,950 articles of clothing and shoes (*)
6,625 articles of clothing and shoes (*)
11,875 articles of clothing and shoes (*)
..school supplies, new undergarments, sports equipment and sports scholarships too!
(*) Assumes an average of 25 items shipping to each family.
On average, it costs between $20 and $27 to ship a box. All boxes are shipped free of cost using funds HHH raises. To date, HHH has raised over $20,000 to support those in need in 15 different states.