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Happy New Year

posted Feb 4, 2019, 11:26 AM by Betty Cutts

Chinese New Year is Here
It is the Year of the Pig!
We hope that you have a wonderful Year of the Pig.
The Kentucky Chinese American Association hosts a large celebration at the Lexington Opera House yearly. They graciously give us a table. We got $80 in donations for the Guo family’s medical bills. It was a lot of fun. The children were so cute. One little girl's dress had the same pattern as my jacket.
Good News!

Mr. Guo is home from the hospital now. Since the kids have a month long holiday from school, he can be with his children for the New Year Holiday.

He and his wife were tragically burned when an arsonist burned their living space. Mr. Guo lived, but his wife died after 15 days in ICU. His children have just been told recently that their mother is gone. They are "left behind children" of their migrant parents, so they escaped the fire.

Blessing Hands has collected $10,199 so far for the family's medical bills and was able to send $725 of that for the New Year holiday. All three children now have sponsors for their educational needs and soon the family will only owe $20,000 more in medical debts. Lexington Chinese Christian Church members have given $2,109 and taken the youngest boy to sponsor. We are very grateful to all who have given.

We plan to help them with $144 (1,000 rmb) a month until he can work again. Sponsorship for the children will continue until they graduate or do not need it anymore.

If you would like to be a sponsor for a month of family support let us know. It only takes 12 people giving for one month to cover them for a year. We already have one pledge of $15 a month.

You can send a check to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY, 40351. Our website also has a place to give online. Any amount is welcome and you can choose to make it reoccuring through Paypal or a bill pay at your bank. You can even give on our Facebook page.

We have also started a GoFundMe page for his medical expenses. Check it out.
We have a photo of his feet up close. Let us trust that he continues to improve as he applies medicine to his body daily. The charcoal fire is to keep him warm in this cold weather.
We have 10 high school students in Du'an County, Guangxi Province who need sponsors. This Yao Minority area is very poor. Their sponsorships are given for school aid, transportation needs, medical care, and personal needs such as clothes and shoes to go to school. The students need sponsors willing to give $391 a year or $32.60 a month. Be a hero to a student.

Give on our website.

Contact us to set up a bill pay with your bank.

Blessing Hands | 106 Timber LaneMorehead, KY 40351

China is Changing

posted Nov 17, 2018, 11:57 AM by Betty Cutts

CHINA NEWS
Visit Our Social Pages
Educational Policy Changes in China
Lingshan No. 2 High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
Dasi High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
1.       Good news! The government of China is now offering high school tuitions to students living below the Chinese poverty level and paying other supplements up to 2500 yuan ($363) for especially poor students of any age who qualify. In the same way that we continued to help our lower middle school students when the government began to offer free public education until age fifteen in 2007, we don’t want to abandon our high school students now. 

Most of our teacher volunteers in the schools think that their students still need help with extras like resource books, transportation, food, and school clothes. As long as the volunteers are willing to do the paperwork, we will be willing to offer sponsorships. This increased educational help from the government extends to scholarships to college, so that may taper off applications from new scholarship students. 

As I read the letters of needs written by the students applying this year, I had to agree that they still needed our help. So we will continue to sponsor students whose volunteer administrators think they need our help. 😀 We will also be on the alert to find new projects that will be welcomed by the students and schools.
Three Longfu Primary Schools Receive Gifts
We give playground equipment, art supplies, exercise books, resource books, and other school supplies to three small Yao primary schools in the Longfu Township of Du'an. We just got pictures from Dr. Dai, our volunteer there. We also give them all shoes in the winter semester. Money for this comes from the cash jars we place in Chinese restaurants, so put in your change.
Du'an Special
Education School


A online Tencent donation page for this school was generously supplied by Amity Foundation. Many of you gave small amounts, but it only raised about a fourth of the funds we needed for the computer program. Alex Wang will be able to continue his distance learning classes in computers for blind students, but we did not raise money for all the computers we wanted to give the school. If you want to give a computer, let us know. It would be about $500 per computer.

We have ten new special education kids who need to be sponsored in addition to the 10 we already support.They have various handicaps but can learn. Message us which one you want.
Visit our Website at www.blessing-hands.org and donate on our Paypal page. You can also send your sponsorship to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.

Blessings and thanks,

Betty Cutts, Director and Founder of Blessing Hands

China is changing

posted Nov 9, 2018, 2:03 PM by Betty Cutts

CHINA NEWS
Visit Our Social Pages
Educational Policy Changes in China
Lingshan No. 2 High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
Dasi High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
1.       Good news! The government of China is now offering free public education until age 18 and paying other supplements up to 2500 yuan ($363) for especially poor students who qualify. In the same way that we continued to help our lower middle school students when the government began to offer free public education until age fifteen in 2007, we don’t want to abandon our high school students now. 

Most of our teacher volunteers in the schools think that their students still need help with extras like resource books, transportation, food, and school clothes. As long as the volunteers are willing to do the paperwork, we will be willing to offer sponsorships. This increased educational help from the government extends to scholarships to college, so that may taper off applications from new scholarship students. 

As I read the letters of needs written by the students applying this year, I had to agree that they still needed our help. So we will continue to sponsor high school students whose volunteer administrators think they need our help. 😀 We will also be on the alert to find new projects that will be welcomed by the students and schools.
Three Longfu Primary Schools Receive Gifts
We give playground equipment, art supplies, exercise books, resource books, and other school supplies to three small Yao primary schools in the Longfu Township of Du'an. We just got pictures from Dr. Dai, our volunteer there. We also give them all shoes in the winter semester. Money for this comes from the cash jars we place in Chinese restaurants, so put in your change.
Du'an Special
Education School


A online Tencent donation page for this school was generously supplied by Amity Foundation. Many of you gave small amounts, but it only raised about a fourth of the funds we needed for the computer program. Alex Wang will be able to continue his distance learning classes in computers for blind students, but we did not raise money for all the computers we wanted to give the school. If you want to give a computer, let us know. It would be about $500 per computer.

We have ten new special education kids who need to be sponsored at the school in addition to the 10 we already support.They have various handicaps but can learn. Message us which one you want.
Visit our Website at www.blessing-hands.org and donate on our Paypal page. You can also send your sponsorship to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.

Blessings and thanks,

Betty Cutts, Director and Founder of Blessing Hands

New ways to give for Blessing Hands students

posted Nov 2, 2018, 7:38 PM by Betty Cutts

You have more opportunities to help
Blessing Hands.

AmazonSmile has donated over $100 million to charities thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com. To celebrate, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Blessing Hands Inc when you shop at

 
through Nov 2#AmazoSmile #StartWithaSmile

We are receiving $5.98 this quarter from AmazonSmile. Shop between now and November 2nd, and we will get even more! Support us every time you shop in the future too.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Blessing Hands Inc. 

For Kentucky, this works in Louisville, Lexington, Morehead, Somerset, Corbin, and surrounding areas
Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

Sign in or Create an Account to Enroll in this Kroger Plus Card program.

Once signed in you can enroll or update your Community Rewards under your Account Setting. Choose us as your charity by making a search by our name, 
Blessing Hands.
You can give 4% to kids in China everytime you shop at Kroger using your Kroger Card. Sign up to support Blessing Hands using this sign in page.
We have received $943.00 since we signed up in 2016. Once you register us as your preferred charity, you do not have to renew it annually although the web page still says that in places.

We also have an opportunity through
eBay For Charity
$714 has been given to us by our supporters, who have sold things on eBay and given us a percentage of the sale or all of the proceeds.

First select Blessing Hands as your favorite charity. Then decide how much of your sales you want to go to Blessing Hands. Then start selling!

Watch the video to see how easy it is.
How to sell on eBay for Charity

New Program in Yunnan Province

posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:45 PM by Betty Cutts

Yanlin Pan needs a new sponsor
Her sponsor could no longer help her, so Yanlin Pan needs a new one. We have funded 5o scholarship of $650 each this fall with your help.
I'm Pansy, a student studying in San Ming University in Fujian. This year is the third year I will be studying here. I will graduate in 2020. I get pretty good grades in school and work hard in my study. My major is engineering costs. It's a major about architecture. I want to be a cost engineer, so I decided to choose this major at my university.

I’m an optimistic and active girl. I hope I can change my life. My parents are dead, and I live with my grandparents and my brother. The tuition is hard for my family. So I hope you can help me to make my dream come true.

When I grow up, I will help others just like you. Blessing hands gives me love, so I will give love to others. Can you help me receive a scholarship for my last two years of college? 

I will very grateful and study harder. Even if you could help me or not, I will never give up but always love my life and go ahead.

Thank you so much. Give Here
Blessings to you.
Yanlin Pan

It makes it all worthwhile when Luo Hongyi writes a letter like the one below.

Thank you for your help in the last few years. I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Blessing Hands.

Time is passing quickly. I will graduate in June next year. With your help, I will succeed in finishing my university. It was fortunate for me to meet you, and you have given me a lot of warmth and love, which made me happy to finish college like other students. Thousands of words cannot express my gratitude to you. I think I will find opportunities to be a teacher after graduation, and I will exhaust my ability to bring help and warmth to others.

Four years in college, I live a full life every day, studying hard, using spare time to do family education, sometimes going to volunteer activities. I am very happy. Every vacation, I did a part-time job. I think I am very brave. I bravely go to a strange place, I bravely go to make friends with strangers, and I bravely go to earn my own living expenses. I am proud of myself.

Betty, you have always been my driving force. I remember that year you came to see us at our school. You gave me a big hug. I felt very warm and very moved. I love you.
In short, I will always remember your love for me, and I will be able to do something meaningful like you in the future.

Thank you and thank the Blessing Hands forever,

Yours 
Luo Hongyi

Sharing Grace Program

We are starting a new program called Sharing Grace in Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Jinghong City. I met Angie Fan at breakfast one morning in Kunming where her family manages a hotel we were staying in. She was from Tennessee just like me, so we had a great time speaking English.

Soon she found that I had a charity in China that helps poor families. She got very interested in becoming an administrator to help children needing educational help in the area where they also manage another hotel. Her husband, Dominic Fan cried when he told me about families he knew who really needed help.

So we now have 8 new primary students who need sponsors and one high school student. They are minority students from distant villages whose parents have come to the city looking for work. You can sponsor one primary student pictured here for $265 a year.
Blessings and thanks,

Betty Cutts, Director and Founder of Blessing Hands

Summer Camp

posted Apr 20, 2018, 11:15 AM by Betty Cutts

Volunteer at Our Friendship Camp in June
Teachers and Translators Welcome
June 10th - 16th
Interested in a life-changing experience?


Blessing Hands Charity is having a summer Friendship camp in Anlong No. 1 High School in Guizhou Province. The camp is from June 10th through June 16th. We are looking for English speaking volunteers who would like an adventure in China while helping high school students with spoken English. 

We plan to teach in the school's regular English classes that are usually 40 minutes long. Volunteers can do a PowerPoint on any topic concerning American culture such as history, geography, customs, holidays, and food. I taught a popular class on weddings one year. The same lesson can be taught many times since teachers would rotate to different classes of about 50 friendly, excited students. 

At night we will have special activities with the 31 students sponsored by Blessing Hands at the high school and the lower middle school nearby. We would have a movie, singing, dancing, drama, or a talent show depending on the talents of the teachers that they can share with the students. 

The high school is new and volunteers will stay in the dorm and eat school food. Coming and going the trip might total two weeks or more with travel included, but volunteers could also travel to some of the other schools we have students in and stay longer after the camp. The total cost might be around $2,500 depending on the cost of the overseas airfare and how long you stay in China.  We leave on June 5th to fly to Shanghai. If you stay the whole month with us as we visit Yangshuo and Guilin, July 9th would be your return date.

Contact us if you want a volunteer form or more information.
Summer camp
Yaya Luo is director of our summer Friendship Camp
Betty Cutts with one of the classes she taught at Anlong High School
Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351

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posted Feb 16, 2018, 6:48 PM by Betty Cutts   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 7:25 PM ]



60 More Students

posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:48 AM by Betty Cutts   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:56 AM ]

Buyi minority family of Huali Luo
Buyi Minority family of Huali Luo

Buyi Minority

Most of our students in Anlong are from the Buyi Minority. They have their own language, culture, and religion. They are known for their weaving, cooking, needle work, and unique national dress seen here. 
Anlong No. 2  Lower Middle School
 
    We are adding 16 new students at Anlong No. 2 Lower Middle School in Guizhou Province. Most of them are from the Buyi Minority. That will give 31+ students for our summer camp in Anlong in late June. If the camp is approved by the Education and Security Departments, we will be looking for intrepreters and foreign English teachers. 

   Sponsor a middle school student partially for $160 a year. That is just $14 a month. You can give full support that furnishes books, food, and school supplies for $350 a year. Check the recurring box to give $30 a month. 

    Sponsor a high school student partially for $190 a year or completely for $415 a year. The monthly pledge would be $15 a month for partial support or $35 a month for full support.   


---- Sixty More Students Added This Year ----
In our 12th year, we are adding 60 more students in 
Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi Provinces.
Bai Hualing Primary School百花岭小学

Give Library Books

Bai Hualing is asking for library books. It is in a remote Lisu Minority area of Yunnan Province. Please give these kids some books. 
    
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Zhao Liuye 赵刘叶

Zhao Liuye Lives at Bai Hualing

"My name is Zhao Liuye, and I'm attending grade 5 in elementary school. I was born in a remote village in Yunnan. We were not wealthy but we had enough for our own living happily. 

Last year, my father's car accident changed everything. He was paralyzed. We sold our field but still owe the hospital a couple hundred thousand RMB. We thought of everything that could help, but sometimes we couldn't even afford our food expenses. It's a problem for me to go to school even when I don't need to pay for my tuition (I still need to pay for my school supplies and living expenses). My mother has to go into the city to work, leaving my 70-year-old grandmother to take care of my father and my 3-year-old brother. It is very difficult for my whole family."


Give $24 a month or you can give $290 a year to sponsor her in the 5th grade.  Give $84 if you want to give partial support. 

Blessing Hands
Website
606 207 4785 | Email Address

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Happy New Year

posted Jan 10, 2018, 7:44 AM by Betty Cutts   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 7:45 AM ]

Our GoodGiving Challenge is Almost Over 

We have one more day to increase our giving. Tomorrow is a  big match day with the "$5,000 Race to the Finish Challenge!" 

The 5 nonprofits that raise the most money between 8 am and 6 pm on December 29th, will get $1,000 added to their cash totals. 
Help our kids get $1,000.


All of us at Blessing Hands want to thank you for your loyalty and
support in 2017. We hope you will give a very good end-of-the-year donation for 2017! The tax code is changing next year, so this may be the last time you can get a valuable tax donation by giving to Blessing Hands. 


Wishing you good times, good cheer, and a memorable New Year

Blessing Hands Starts a New Year with a New Board Member


Jessica Mansfield has joined our board and also agreed to be our new board secretary. 

Jessica is a world traveler especially interested in India, where she has traveled several times. She works extensively with children and seems to have an inexhaustible supply of energy. She and her husband Aaron have three children. She is a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. She brings youth, enthusiasm, and dedication to the board and fits right in with our motto -" Helping those that help themselves and others."

 This is Blessing Hands' Giving Page for the Challenge. 

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Merry Christmas

posted Dec 25, 2017, 5:13 PM by Betty Cutts   [ updated Dec 25, 2017, 5:14 PM ]


Share:
 May God's Blessings come to you and yours. 

Good Giving Goal

Our GoodGiving Campaign is over on December 31st.  We have raised  $ 1,052 online so far during the challenge, but we hoped for at least $6,000.  Offline another $2,615 has been given in checks or pledges. That makes a total of $3,667 raised out of $6,000 needed. 

We have matching challenges available from the Blue Grass Community Foundation during the last week that
will open a door to fulfill our goal for the 10 students.  

  Wednesday, December 27 - a $5,000 match pool is available first come, first matched on all gifts up to $500.  
10 
cents 
on the dollar. It will begin at  8 am and run until it is exhausted.

Also, the 5 nonprofits that raise the most money between 8 am and 6 pm on Friday, December 29th will get$1,000 added to their cash totals.  

Our giving page is open for your giving right now but please give on Wednesday, December 27th or Friday, December 29th, when your dollar will go farther because of matching funds that are available. 


 Thank you for your support of 
Blessing Hands' Students. 


Sincerely, 

All of us at Blessing Hands  
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