Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 16, 2014

Foundation seeks assistance in helping Fairfield, Pekin teenagers

■ The African Violet Foundation uses donations from local businesses, churches, service organizations and individuals to provide teens with Christmas presents.
Dec 17, 2013

The African Violet Foundation, a charity aimed at providing high school students in need with Christmas presents, will provide gifts to teenagers at four area schools this year.

The foundation will be serving students at both Fairfield and Pekin high schools and middle schools, with the hope to be able to help at least 200 students this year, with gifts valued at about $50 per child.

To accomplish the goal and to ensure the foundation continues to grow, the board must receive donations from local businesses, churches, service organizations and individuals.

“With the economy and with a society that is facing a myriad of issues that very often places great strain on students and their families, the need to serve these teenagers becomes increasingly necessary with each passing year,” said Staci Wright, president of the foundation board. “My mom always says that to whom much is given, much is required. If you have one person who loves you, you have more than some of the students in our county.”

Anyone interested in helping area teens in need at Christmas can send donations to The African Violet Foundation, c/o Lori Vaughan, TD&T CPAs and Advisors PC, 2109 W. Jefferson Ave., Fairfield 52556.

Wright founded the organization in 2006 in memory of her grandparents, the late John and Ava Topping. Wright’s grandparents were known for helping others in need, and her grandmother often sent African violets as a token of care and concern.

The year of its inception, the foundation helped 33 students at Fairfield High School. The following year, the number doubled.

In 2008, a nine-person board of directors was formed and began work on achieving nonprofit status.

The board of directors was successful in promoting and working for the betterment of the foundation, and by last Christmas, was able to help more than 160 students at the Fairfield and Pekin high schools and middle schools.

For information, call Wright at 919-6328 or vice president Art Sathoff at 641-233-7014.

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