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In partnership with ABC7's #Helping Hands program, we had the opportunity to support Student-Athletes For Educational Opportunities, a nonprofit that provides student-athletes with opportunities and develop skills.
The summer at Bethlehem Lutheran Church is all hands on deck as dozens of youths prepare meals for those in need. After the meals are prepared, the students write letters to accompany them. A student read aloud, "I hope this meal helps. We are trying our hardest. From, Kids Give Back." The nonprofit is called "Kids Give Back," founded in 2019 by Denise Gavilan. "We make volunteering meaningful and fun," Gavilan said. "Our goal is to inspire them to continue volunteering." Through this unique program, children learn valuable life lessons while staying busy during the summer. "They said, 'Ms. Denise, we had a lemonade stand last night. Could you use this money to buy food for people who need it?'" Gavilan recalled. "I still tear up when I tell that story." Cooking isn't the only activity the youth engage in. They also create gifts for hospitals and animal shelters too. Joel Bassam and Easterns Automotive Group wanted to surprise "Kids Give Back" with a 7News Helping Hand. "We work closely with Helping Hands to help organizations just like yourself," Bassam said. "We were touched by what you guys do. You do a little bit of everything, and we love it. We want to support your cause by donating $2,000 so you guys can keep helping all the families that you guys help." Gavilan told Bassam the money will help fund future projects.
In partnership with ABC7's Helping Hands program, we had the opportunity to support City Gate DC, a nonprofit that has provided Southeast, D.C. children with a summer outlet for more than 20 years now.
Sonia Su began "Kits to Heart," where she hand-packs curated cancer care kits for patients and caregivers across the nation. Her mission to help others and give back all started after she received a care package during her own cancer treatment. On this HelpingHands we surprised Sonia with a donation of $2,000 so that they can continue to improve the lives of others!
In partnership with ABC7's Helping Hands program, we had the opportunity to support a truly amazing organization called SevaTruck. Sonny Kakar created SevaTruck to reduce hunger in our communities by providing hot, nutritious meals to anyone who needs them. The organization has served 40,000 meals as of June 2022, and we wanted to help with a special gift.
We were fortunate to come together with FOX to #PayItForward by supporting Hustler Guild. Hustlers Guild is an organization that is changing the lives of kids in the District with their "Beyond the Block" program. The program seeks to give underserved kids the opportunity to explore different careers and dreams beyond their neighborhoods. They connect the kids with mentors and take them to places they may not traditionally visit.
The Old Soldiers Home Foundation recently shared the dedication of their new multi-sport court. We partnered with ABC7's Helping Hands to surprise them with a donation of $2,000 so that they can continue to improve the lives of those who so bravely served our country!

You hear a lot about food needsbut a critical need that is often overlooked is diapers. 1 in 3 families experience diaper need.

Over the last two years the Greater DC Diaper Bank has worked to meet that need. They distributed 2 million diapers in 2019. This year they are on track to distribute 10 million! It doesn’t stop at diapers, they also provide mothers with hygiene and breast feeding products, all of the things you need when you have a baby in your life.  

Rebecca Kolowé, a mom to 4-year-old named Tristan, was just named the interim executive director of the Greater DC Diaper Bank. Since joining in 2019 she has helped them expand to reaching that 10 million mark this year. They work with 76 programs within the community. If families want to access their services they can find various diaper hubs here. 

Rebecca shares, “Every day I get to help other mothers or whoever [...]

On this Helping Hands partnered with ABC 7, we wanted to honor SMYAL's dedication to the youth of the LGBTQ+ community by donating $2,000 towards their mission!
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