25 Years of Hope Banquet / Ukraine
What a great turnout for our 25 Years of Hope Banquet! On March 10, almost 200 people gathered to celebrate 25 years of accomplishments since Hands of Hope NW incorporated in 1996. Attendees filled College Church of the Nazarene atrium and enjoyed a surf and turf dinner catered by Sodexo. Table hosts sponsored 16 of 25 tables and invited guests to learn more about Hands of Hope. We are grateful to our many sponsors and to College Church who helped make this event possible.
Guests panelists shared stories from their time as the Executive Director or Board President, highlighting how God steered this ministry all the way and continues to bless the work today. A new video gave a glimpse into the process of packing and shipping medical equipment and supplies and featured current and former Executive Directors, plus missionary recipients of the medical product. A "Memory Lane" slideshow chonicled the ministry's history showing the work of hundreds of volunteers who helped birth and grow the ministry. The fruit of their labors could be seen in the faces of many adults and children who were on the receiving end of our medical shipments sent from the Nampa Distribution Center.
77 flags displayed around the room gave a meaningful visual of how many countries Hands of Hope has served over 25 years. The Ukraine flag stood tall as a poignant reminder of that country's desperate plight.
The banquet raised $34,600 from ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations (before expenses) and will allow the ministry to continue supporting the medical needs of individuals and organizations, locally and globally.
UKRAINE: The event coincided with a huge airlift of 79 pallets of 2,182 boxes of medical supplies for Ukraine from HoHNW via Poland. These supplies are already on the ground helping people in the midst of a devastating war. It's at times like these that Hands of Hope NW can bridge the gap by providing donated medical supplies to help save lives. A large shipment of medical equipment for Ukraine is planned next. Idaho Press Tribune featured the Ukraine airlift in their Sunday, March 20 edition.