LETTER: Donate to fundraiser for Kenyan orphanage

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My name is Nolan Thompson, and I am helping to host a variety show for the benefit of an orphanage in Kenya, Africa. I am writing to tell you a little bit about it.
When I was in third grade, I watched my mom collect toys, blankets and toothbrushes for homeless people. That really sparked my interest in helping people.
In May, I did a food drive for Alabama after a tornado hit. I did it because my dad was taking stuff down there and I thought it would be nice to have more people involved in the project.
In August, I felt the need to do something out of the country. The problem was, I needed someone to help. So I told my G/T teacher, Mrs. Beverly Hill. The next day, Mrs. Hill told me about an orphanage in Kenya that was unfinished because more money was needed for the building. I wanted to help do that.
The name of the orphanage is Tumaini Center Orphanage. Tumaini is a Swahili word meaning “hope.” The orphanage is being built for orphans living in the southern and western parts of Kenya. To start out the orphanage will house 300 orphans. The hope is, in the future, to expand their facilities and help up to 1,000 orphans. Most are orphaned because their parents got sick and died.
With the help of some students and G/T staff at all four schools, we will host a fundraising event for the Kenya Orphanage Project Organization to raise money for the orphanage. We will have a program called the Kenya Orphanage Project Variety Show on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The show will start at 7 p.m. at the Spencer County Middle School auditorium. Doors will open at 6. We will have lots of Spencer County talent in the show. Also, some student work will be showcased in the hallways.
We are not charging for seats, but donations will be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable to “Kenya Orphanage Project.” Representatives from the project’s organization will be there that night to collect all of the donations.
I will be master of ceremonies for the show, and I hope to see a full house. We have 450 seats, door prizes and tasty bakery goods will be at our concession stand. Hope to see you on the 14th.
(Also, my mom and I will be collecting door prizes from various businesses. If you would like to donate a prize you can email her at: SpencerKenyaProject@gmail.com.)
Nolan Thompson
Fifth grade, Spencer County Elementary School