Location: Chennai, India
Year Work Began: May 2008 to Present Date
HCP works to assist Pastor Rajan Immanuel with his work through "Living HopeMinstries" which reaches out to orphans with AIDS, children who are not orphans but are homeless and his sidewalk Sunday School ministry for poverty-stricken children. Pastor Rajan and his family work to take the love of Jesus to these children in need along with food, clothing, educational materials, and Bibles.
Location: Arizona, U.S.A.
Year Work Began: December 2010 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
Christmastime is our busiest season for HCP! In addition to our Holiday Hugs project, we also give gifts to homeless people living on the streets. On Christmas Eve we give out Christmas stockings and backpacks full of food, personal care items, and Bibles and we do the same on Easter Sunday, by giving special Easter baskets. We know these things are not going to help the people get off the streets, but we what we can to help to let them know Jesus loves them.
When we first began our work with HCP back in 2009, we had a project we named after my grandmother who was from West Virginia. That project was to serve children in the Appalachia region and provide them with educational supplies, assist with shoes and clothing and toys. Our contact in the area retired from this work and we have been praying for a new person to work with on this project. God will help us find that perfect person!
Our BIGGEST dream project is to build a nonprofit farm to be used for ministering to children. The Huggabear Farm will be FREE to visit and a place where children of all ages and their families will come to make happy memories! The photos below are of the "Mini" Huggabear Farm that we have built at our current home. Everything we create for the farm will be based upon the Huggabears' book series, the Bearwood Forest and the town of Bearford Falls. We are preparing a YouTube channel called Huggabear Farm to explain more about future plans and building. To learn more you can also visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/huggabearfarm
Our very first two projects were done back in September of 2005 after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. We did not have our 501c3 status at the time, but we raised funds for two churches who were in need of help to rebuild, they were, the Cornerstone Church of God in New Orleans and the Amazing Grace Church of God, also in New Orleans. We didn't raise much, but it gave us such joy that we wanted to make this our lives work!
One of the projects we hope to start soon is to work with children's hospitals to give keyboards, headsets, microphones and beginning piano books to children who are hospital bound. We know that God has given us music as a form of worship, emotional expression and for healing. We learned through our sweet friend Seraphina who went through a heart transplant that so many hospitalized children do not have the energy or physical ability to do much while they are trying to get well. We learned that many children would be blessed to have the gift of a small keyboard, that makes a variety of tones and rhythms, that they can easily play and enjoy. We would also like to provide each child with a beginning piano book and organize volunteers to help teach the children how to read music and play! We already have keyboards that have been sponsored, we just need to be able to get a system put in place with a children's hospital--which we are working on!
Location: Tororo, Uganda
Date Began: Easter 2010
When was the last time your child celebrated having a loaf of bread? Years ago we went sent the 800 children of The Word - Orphanage, some books, candy and homemade jam. We asked how the children liked the jam and were told they were saving it for when they could afford bread. Our hearts broke to hear this and so we raised $800 to buy every child their own loaf of bread for Easter Sunday morning. Here is another video of the children celebrating their loaf of bread on an Easter Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/huggabears/videos/124172564264565/
Our work with The Word Orphanage in Tororo, Uganda, began before we had our 501c3 status in place and continued for almost ten years. We were blessed to raise funds to build a new school house which was named the 20 Angels School of Uganda in honor of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. We also were blessed with contributors who gave liberally to transform the orphanage from an extremely primitive and sometimes dangerous orphanage into one of the best in the nation. Funds were given for electricity, a medical center, salaries for teachers, new dormitories, beds, mattresses, mosquito nettings, clothing and uniforms for the children, toilets, showers and sinks, water storage towers, a security wall, lightning rods, fire extinguishers, and of course food. Donors also provided the orphanage with rabbits to be raised and bred as a source of income. We are grateful for the work that we were able to be part of for the orphanage and still enjoy giving for the Easter bread project. We look forward to doing more work in Uganda, or perhaps another country in Africa very soon!
Listed below are the current HCP projects we are working on, the projects we have completed, and the projects we dream of doing! For our schedule of upcoming public events, please like our FB page:www.facebook.com/huggabears Thank you!
Year Work Began: June 2007 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
OPERATION HUGGABEARS was started in June 2009 by then 5-year-old Aven La Fon-Cox who wanted to "Give the children of our soldiers something to hug." while their parent was deployed. For $20, sponsors can send a Huggabear, The Huggabears - We Love the USA, book, an American flag and a personalized gift card to the child of a deployed military Veteran and also become a prayer partner with the Veteran's family. We have sent hundreds of Huggaear packages through the years to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, here in the U.S.A. and are still going strong! If you would like to sponsor a package, or if you know of a Veteran who would like to participate in our program, please contact us!
Our work in Pakistan was spread between three cities: Karachi City, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad. We worked with three different pastors who served orphans and underprivileged children. We sent funds for food, shoes, clothing, educational supplies, and Bibles. Unfortunately, our work there has had to be put on hold due to concerns from local Pakistani officials about our Christian organization sending monies to their country. We are praying that this door will open for us again someday to continue assisting these amazing pastors and their work for Jesus Christ.
Location: Arizona, U.S.A.
Year Work Began: April 2017 to Present Date
The H.C.P. Community Library is a small library the La Fon-Cox Family built in the corner of their front yard for the families of their community. They took an old refrigerator, because Samuel thought the library should be sealed to keep our rain, dust and other elements of nature, and constructed a solar-lit outdoor library where families can take used or new books for FREE! If they want to return them they can, or they can keep them. Other books can be donated as well and brand new Bibles are always stocked in the library along with bookmarks, flashcards, videos and other educational supplies. The library has proven to be a great success and the children of the neighborhood really enjoy it!
Thank you to everyone who gave for our "Huggabears Love Texas" Project! Not just for Hurricane Harvey relief but also for Christmas gifts for the children of Woodsboro, TX. This is a video of thanks to all our wonderful contributors! God bless you!
It is our hope that HCP Inc. will always be adding to the work of our organization as there are so many needs of so many children in the world. These projects listed below are just a few of the ones we hope to start very soon!
Year Work Began: January 2010 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
This is the project of MaCaedyn La Fon-Cox who was six years old when she began. It was her idea to give children a hug in times of need to bring them joy! Kooshla is MaCaedyn's nicname and it is her wish to send FREE Huggabears to children who are homeless or ill and can receive a stuffed toy. Kooshla's Wish also sends Huggabears to children who have lost their homes due to financial struggles or due to natural disasters; hurricane, tornado, flood, etc.
Year Work Began: January 2010 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
This project sends FREE Huggabear, Time Transporters and The Intercessors Christian books, along with other educational books and Bibles, to children in need all over the world. This project is with work of Samuel La Fon-Cox who started this work when he was 6 years old but loves to send books to children in need. We have sent books to over 20 different countries for children and young adults to learn about the love of Jesus!
Year Work Began: November 2013 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
Our Holiday Hugs project raises funds to give families in need a wonderful Christmas morning for their children and bless them with a Christmas meal too! We ask for the families Christmas list and do our best to check it all off. All of the gifts are given anonymously. Most of the gifts are donated for children in the U.S.A. but we also have sent funds to other countries for children who celebrate Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. This is one our favorite projects and we hope to expand Holiday Hugs to more families in the future!
Location: Pierre Peyen, Haiti
Year Work Began: February 2010 - ALWAYS ACTIVE!
This project benefits both the child who participates in it and the child who receives from it. Proceeds raised from the children who read books will go to assist the children of the “Destiny Orphanage” inPierrePeyen, Haiti. This project was designed to get children to read books for sponsorship and turn in the funds collected for the orphans of this orphanage who are still struggling with the after-effects from the earthquake in January 2010. We launched this project in February 2010 and sadly have had no children participate in reading for it, but we still have hope someday we will!
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