Crofton, Maryland natives, Mike Thomas and Gary Heldt, got together to form For The Kids MD, an organization that helps support local families who have critically ill children. Every year, their team selects a deserving family and holds fundraisers and a charity golf tournament where 100% of the proceeds goes to assist them with medical costs. For the last 22 years, they have raised almost half of a million dollars for children every year.
It’s important to them that they help someone local and this year’s beneficiary is Sabrina, a 1-year-old girl battling many serious illnesses. Her mother Gianna has been unable to work the past few years because her focus has been caring for her daughter. For The Kids MD along with Truman Charities kicked off this year’s fundraising efforts with a Happy Hour at Tommy Joe’s in Bethesda on July 15th.
Joel Bassam joined with a special message for For The Kids.
Helen Zurita has been a lifesaver for her Manassas community. She has been working tirelessly to feed those in need and save the homes of others. On this Helping Hands with ABC 7, we surprised her with $2,000 to continue helping others.
"Crunchy Life" is a series of books by Glen Mourning that create literary diversity for children all over. Glen, created the Crunchy Life series to help children see themselves in stories and cause them to read more.
Inspired by Glen's motivation to help children read more and ensure they see themselves in stories, we had a special surprise for him on this Pay It Forward with Fox 5.
Partnered with WUSA9, inspired by Step Va and their commitment to helping others with varying levels of disability through artistic expression. We wanted to donate $1,000 to help towards their initiative.
Rustic Love Vienna started when one family began making wooden heart signs in their backyard and giving proceeds to local organizations that help feed local food-insecure families. Motivated by the incredible work they are doing in their community on this Helping Hands with 7News, we had a little surprise for them.
The Open Goal Project creates opportunities for young players from underserved communities to showcase their skills and play competitive soccer. Inspired by what they are doing in our community, on this Helping Hands we surprised them with $2,000 to continue helping other kids doing what they love most!