"Helping orphans has been a lifelong passion of Tammy’s . Having been born an orphan back in the 60’s, she went through foster care as well as the adoption process here in the United States. Though she felt as an outsider looking in most of her life since she was placed within a family of children who were naturally born to the parents, she nevertheless, feels blessed that she had a roof over her head and food to eat. “We don’t realize how many orphans there are in the world today that have absolutely nothing and rely solely on the good will of others,” says Tammy. Having a family of her own was of high importance to her. Being able to overcome the possibilities of infertility due to cancer cells within her reproductive organs, Tammy and her husband Bruce were ecstatic to welcome the birth of their daughter in 2006. Feeling as if her life is bountiful she is giving back to the world through being an avid volunteer serving as a Director for G2OK, helping orphans in need. She has personally provided and delivered care packages and supplies to orphans in Mexico and Namibia. She feels that providing personal attention in the form of a party for the orphans is integral to providing hope for children. Tammy is thrilled to be working with G2OK to educate others on orphan need, fundraise and visit these forgotten children."
We have been visiting Africa and Mexico for many years bringing supplies, clothing, food and hope to orphans and villagers. This year's Africa trip we decided to do something different. We loaded Easter eggs with money and candy and held a good old fashioned Easter Egg Hunt! Everyone had so much fun. The kids told us that they are going to use the money to buy school supplies, shoes and clothes. Volunteering and helping others is such a rewarding experience. Knowing that what we do really does make a difference makes our job of providing for those who can't provide for themselves so much sweeter. I miss Africa and the people already.
The Race to Read Program is such a great learning tool. Each year, the kids, staff and parents of Elk Creek Elementary participate/volunteer for this wonderful program. My daughter was struggling with her desire to read and this program not only gave her a new found appreciation (and skill level) for reading, but encouraged her to go for top honors. She represented Elk Creek at the finale of the program having her name displayed on the illuminated banner at Bandimere Speedway during the Night of Fire and Thunder Races. This type of encouragement as well as coupons, certificates and gifts led the children to new goals in reading. I guess an earned bookmark is more encouraging than any mother (ie me). Whatever it takes! I'm definitely a proponent of this program. Volunteerism starts at home and working with her and other children to develop better skills and an appreciation for reading was a rewarding accomplishment for all. Way to go Tiffany and everyone who participated in the program! To learn more about Race to Read, please click on the following link: