Make-A-Wish Foundation Visits Appalachia Dream Center

By , August 28, 2008

Thu, Aug 28th, 2008 12:00:00 am

Several weeks ago, Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Operation Compassion about fulfilling a wish for Marisa Monbrod whose leukemia was in remission. All Marisa wanted to do was help people whose lives were caught in poverty and despair. He community of Crystal Lake joined with her to raise the finances necessary to procure product and provide her family transportation to and from the dram center in Logan, WV.

Her community raised almost $60,000 to purchase schools supplies, computers, food and many other necessary products for Marisa’s special day of distribution. Mike Hartwell, director of ADC prepared the center and the local community for Marisa and her family. When Marisa arrived at the dream center on July 15th, everything was in place and ready to go as 126 families attended the event including 243 adults and 221 children. In addition, 220 meals were served including 125 meals to shut-ins.

Distribution was a tremendous experience for the local community, Marisa and her home community. Everyone was amazed how a little girl had developed so much compassion while fighting a disease that could end her life. He dad, Rich Monbrod, simply said, “She is paying it forward for all the kindness done to her.”

By the end of the day, Marisa and her family had a once in a lifetime experience giving food, toys and schools supplies to a community that is struggling during this economic downturn. Marisa’s mother and father were very appreciative to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Operation Compassion and Appalachia Dream Center for giving Marisa the opportunity to fulfill her dream of helping others.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President
Tim Burdashaw, Int’l. Operations Coordinator
Lisa Boen, Int’l. Logistics Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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