Meet Annice Moses, this quarter’s AHOPE Angel. Annice spearheaded the supply drive which resulted in 1,300 lbs of supplies being delivered to AHOPE via an airline. This coupled with the fact she had only one week to do it, makes her our AHOPE Angel.
Annice refuses to take the credit. “I didn’t do anything, I just asked and everyone else did it.” But she did ask and made it all come together. She asked her friend who works for an airline if it was possible. The airlines said “Yes” but the supplies had to be at the airport in 8 days. Annice then “just asked” folks to donate supplies….and the people she asked delivered. Clothing, toys, hygiene items, first aid supplies, books, games, puzzles, shoes, sheets, pillow cases…and exhaustive list of supplies donated by friends, family and even a few AHOPE Facebook friends who happened to be in the area. Some people even sent monetary donations to AHOPE for Children.
Why AHOPE? Annice stated she and her husband Mike first became aware of AHOPE Ethiopia in 2010 when they adopted their daughter. Their care center arranged a tour for adoptive parents; AHOPE was on the tour. She and Mike didn’t bring any supplies like the other families. They vowed when they returned to Ethiopia they wouldn’t be empty handed. What keeps them going back, however, is not a sense of obligation but respect for AHOPE. “It’s just a good feeling place. It’s a happy place for a sad circumstance. The kids are happy and there is no other place where you can have direct access to the children”.
Annice, Mike and their 4 children visited AHOPE earlier this year. Their intent was to visit AHOPE once during this trip but went back three times. Their children played with our children; one of their boys was playing soccer while another was with Annice in the nursery. A happy place filled with happy kids.
No one works alone, Annice stated and she’s right. Thanks to Rabbi Wendi Geffen, the teachers and congregation at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois for joining with Annice in making this project a success.
For her willingness to “just ask” friends, family and community to help our AHOPE kids we are honored to have Annice, and Mike for all of his support, as our AHOPE Angel.