Each spring, the children and youth of Thornwell Home for Children have the opportunity to learn firsthand about stewardship, philanthropy, and the spirit of volunteerism, thanks to an endowment established for Thornwell youth called The Farrell Philanthropic Fund.
“The fund allows our kids the opportunity to experience the process of researching, fund raising and giving to charitable organizations,” says Finley Sutton, Thornwell’s Christian Educator. “Each year, the children choose local, national, and international charities to receive Farrell Fund gifts. They also volunteer and hold fundraisers to provide additional support.”
This year, the youth chose the following eight organizations to receive grants totaling $5000: The United Way of Laurens County; the Mission Possible – LaHatte School in Haiti; the Saint Joseph’s School for Boys – Hearts of Haiti; Liz Codington – missionary to Albania – Christar; the Laurens Cluster Food Bank; His Promise Ministries – Children of Promise Ministries, Namibia, Africa; Harvest Hope Food Bank, Greenville, SC; and Souper Bowl of Caring, Columbia, SC.
During a presentation on the steps of the Hartness-Thornwell Memorial Church on June 21, Thornwell youth presented checks to: Tara Glenn of the Laurens County United Way; Herb Codington of Mission Possible; Elizabeth Eason of St. Joseph’s School for Boys; Liz Codington of Christar; Ann Felten of the Laurens Cluster Food Bank; Tara Whitfield of His Promise Ministries; Scott Stephens of Harvest Hope Food Bank; and Tracy Bender of Souper Bowl of Caring.
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