Monthly Archives: May 2015

Field Day

Jeruel Photography ©Field Day is an annual tradition that we have been doing for many years at our school. It’s a fun day to celebrate the end of the school year and all the accomplishments the children have made with their schoolwork. All the students and staff look forward to this day all school year long! The children are split up into different teams, and they compete in games and challenges to be the champions. This year, we honored our military and first responders with our teams, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Police Officers, and Firemen. All of the children, from 2 years old to 18 get involved by having team spirit with their grand entrance ceremony. Each team tries to outdo each other by coming up with a wild, dramatic entrance. This is certainly the highlight of the day since all the teams work, plan, and practice for weeks to wow the rest of the teams. A special thank you to the Tampa Fire Department for bringing out a fire truck so our daycare children could have an awesome entrance! Some of the little ones even came in on a jogger stroller, that were purchased from the baby stroller center, disguised as mini firetrucks.

This year, the teams did relay races, sand scavenger hunts for the younger ones, dodgeball, knockout, paper airplane races, arm wrestling, and our new favorite game, the Human Hungry Hippo Game! The day finished with a candy toss and awards ceremony. Congratulations to this year’s champion, the Army!

All the teams and organizers did a great job to make another successful Field Day this year! Thank you to everyone that support Hope so that we are able to give the children special days like this that make lasting memories for them.

To learn more about our school, visit our School Website. If you would like to support the children, you can Donate Here.

View all the pictures from field day here.

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Imagine Life Without Your Mother


There are certain days that are a little more difficult than others for many of our children.

One of those days is just around the corner, and that day is Mother’s Day. On May 10th, many of us will celebrate our mothers and what they mean to us. For many of our children, that day is not a day of celebration. Often times, it is a day of bad memories and to some, a day of sadness in that their Mother has passed away, abandoned them, is imprisoned, or has never been a part of their life at all.

Most of us have great memories of our parents and more specifically, of our mother.  Furthermore, if you were blessed to have grown up in a Christian home, then your memories may include your mother as the nurturing figure who kept the significance of family and children at the forefront of importance.  For the children at Hope, life is a much different story.

Bella Family_1Recently,  we took in a family of four children.  Late in the evening, after a fourteen hour drive from Mississippi, they arrived at Hope Children’s Home.  Their 70-year-old grandmother had graciously taken them into her care, but between her age and economics, it became clear that she needed help. With 79 children currently in our care, we were soon to have 83 children with over half of those being under the age of 10.  These four beautiful children were now counting on us to care for them.  Elizabeth (12), Eddie (11), Autumn (9), and Isabella (3).  Their story is typical of most of the children at Hope.  Elizabeth and Eddie’s father had been killed years earlier by a drug deal that had gone bad.  After their mother remarried, the step father and their mother became so abusive to the children that they both were sentenced to prison.  Mother’s Day for this family will not be filled with good memories.  That is where you can help.

We are beginning our first annual Mother’s Day Offering.  Maybe you are a mother who has many memories current day or from the past of all the special times you have spent with your children such as a day in the park, crafts, board games, sports, family vacation, etc.  You can give a special offering so that we can offer these same memories to the children at Hope who will never have a mother like you.

IsabellaMaybe you have fond memories of your mother and would like to give as a way to show your love and support for the children in our care. Although their mother may not be a part of their life, with your help, Hope Children’s Home can continue to offer these children a place of love and security.  Providing them with a happy childhood and training them up in such a way so that one day they can be the mothers and fathers they need to be for their children.

May the Lord richly bless you as you give to make this Mother’s Day a special day for the children.

Please consider participating our 1st Annual Mother’s Day Offering.