Help For Orphans Invites Schools to Celebrate the Holiday Spirit with the Joy 2 The World Initiative

(PRWEB) November 17, 2011

Want to make a positive difference in the world? You don?t have to be an A-list celebrity like Alicia Keys, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, or Angelina Jolie. All you need is a warm heart? and a shoe box. The kids at Nottingham Public School in Ajax, Canada are eager to spread Christmas joy to orphans in Haiti thanks to Help For Orphans? Joy 2 The World initiative. Students and staff are filling shoe boxes with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items and a whole lot of love. Each shoe box is a gift that an orphan will be surprised with on Christmas morning. But it?s not too late for other schools to join in the effort.

In a world where so many kids see Christmas through ?I want? lenses, the heartfelt generosity of the students at Nottingham Public School shines an overwhelming light. The sex and age of the specific orphan is specified on each box, so the gifts will be just right for those who receive them. Many students are also including a personal photo and writing an encouraging letter filled with warmth and season?s greetings.

?You must be an angel,? said Leslie Hobbs, supporter of the Grodysh Orphanage and Help for Orphans international, when Nottingham teacher Racquel Ghent told her how she wanted to offer help for orphans in Haiti. ?It is bringing tears to my eyes; our kids are going to be thrilled.?

The truth is, this Joy 2 The World initiative was a last-minute miracle. It was determined that the Public School was no longer running the original shoebox initiative (Operation Christmas Child). It was then that Racquel asked for divine guidance ? and everything fell into place. She found the Beverly Hills based 501(c)3 charity, Help For Orphans International while searching on Google for a secular organization that could help. Executive Director Sarah Ehrlich, told Miss Ghent about one of her much loved orphanages, Grodysh Orphanage in Haiti. It was a perfect place to start: 133 needy orphans, all under the roof of Claude ?Reggie? Jean?s home.

Within a few days, Nottingham Public School had a new initiative, a new affiliate and a link to a series of orphanages in Haiti. One parent?s act of kindness was the cherry on top. Ken Layton, an employee of Vision Media, donated the green shoe boxes, which the students are now eagerly filling, wrapping and decorating. Catch this contagious giving spirit and visit the Joy 2 The World webpage at

Sarah Ehrlich was so pleased to have a teacher reach out to help. When Sarah received the call from Racquel Ghent she said, ?I?m thrilled to find someone like you to start a project like this. With your help we can inspire other schools, teachers, children and parents to do the same thing. There are hundreds of orphanages that request our help and this is a great way to affect the lives of orphaned children around the world.?

Reggie and Leslie are already charging up their cameras for Christmas morning. The surprised and joyful reactions of the children at the Grodysh Orphanage will truly be priceless. The staff and students at the Ajax school are eager to gather in their school gym to see the heartwarming photos and footage.

Anyone interested in helping orphans in any country can contact Sarah Ehrlich at Help for Orphans. All they need to do is just get a box, pack some items in it, get an address from Help for Orphans International and they will bring holiday cheer to a child in need. In addition, anyone can make a difference by making a donation of any dollar amount at

About Help For Orphans

Help for Orphans International (HFOI) is a secular not-for-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of orphaned children. Through donations of concerned individuals, businesses, and organizations, they help feed, educate, and improve their lives. Their overall purpose is to elevate the well-being of orphans and empower them to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose. They have worked in several countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America, providing aid and school supplies for orphans. For more information visit

For more information about the Founder and Executive Director of Help for Orphans, Sarah Ehrlich, visit

Media Contact:

Racquel Ghent

Work Phone: (905) 683-0536

Cell Phone: (905) 903-8980

Email: ghent_racquel(at)durham(dot)edu(dot)on(dot)ca


US Lacrosse Invites Team Applications for 2012 U15 National Championship

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) August 18, 2011

US Lacrosse today began accepting applications from under-15 lacrosse teams for at-large bids to the fourth annual US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, set for July 24-29, 2012, in Orlando. US Lacrosse will award 15 at-large bids to the 32-team girls? tournament and 15 at-large bids to the 32-team boys? tournament.

Coaches or team administrators may apply online at

The US Lacrosse events staff will begin reviewing applications Sept. 1 and awarding at-large bids as early as that date.

?Many in the lacrosse community share our delight in seeing that lacrosse is now played by American youth from coast to coast,? said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. ?US Lacrosse is committed to reflecting that national participation in our U15 National Championship, hence our plan is to not simply accept the first 15 applications for the at-large bids. We are searching for the best U15 teams from around the country to compete with class for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship.?

Once awarded, the at-large teams will join the following defending national champions, runners-up, semifinalists, and sportsmanship award winners from the 2011 US Lacrosse U15 National Championship, all of which receive automatic bids to the 2012 event:

Boys: national champion For the Love of the Game (N.Y.), runner-up Long Island Jesters (N.Y.), Long Island Express (N.Y.), NorCal Talons (Calif.), and sportsmanship award winner Jacksonville Lacrosse Club (Fla.).

Girls: national champion Long Island Yellow Jackets (N.Y.), runner-up Stars Gold (Va.), Top of the Bay (Md.), Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.), and sportsmanship award winner Desert Heat (Ariz.).

Also slated for automatic bids to the 2012 US Lacrosse U15 National Championship are the champion and second-, third- and fourth-place finishers from each of these 2012 US Lacrosse U15 Regional Championships:

West Regional Championship ? Phoenix, Ariz. ? June 1-3, 2012

Central Regional Championship ? Arlington, Texas ? June 8-10, 2012

Southeast Regional Championship ? Raleigh, N.C. ? June 15-17, 2012

Winning or placing in the top four at a 2012 regional championship represents a guaranteed path to a berth in the national championship, complete with free or discounted registration. Teams may register now through March 15, 2012, to compete in one or more regional championships, which in 2012 will also field tournaments at the U11 and U13 age levels.

US Lacrosse is once again returning its U15 National Championship to the ESPN High School (formerly Rise) Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where the participating lacrosse teams will be showcased alongside top athletes from other sports. The girls? championship will run July 24-26, followed by the boys? event July 27-29. Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, will provide live coverage at

For more information about the 2012 US Lacrosse youth events, please visit

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men?s and women?s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men?s and women?s national teams program. US Lacrosse has nearly 375,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit


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Student Aid Centers Invites Students, Parents and Graduates to Launch of New Website

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) July 16, 2007

With rising tuition costs in both private and state colleges and universities, students and their families rely on funding for education. However, not all collegiate funding — nor all student aid lenders — are created equally. Trust is essential when applying for a student loan or student loan consolidation.

Student Aid Centers is not like other websites that are focused on just convincing you to apply for a student loan. The website was created to help parents, college students and graduates find the right loan for them. It was also created to help graduates consolidate their private and federal student loans so they can afford to pay them off.

Student Aid Centers focuses on students’ development during academic years and career placement after graduation, continuing to educate them in critical life objectives and requirements typically in areas not offered as course material in school.

This unique student loan website also offers study materials, tutorials, interview tips, resume writing tips, school searches, scholarship searches, entrance and exit counseling and more to educate its visitors. Now, parents, students and graduates find all the resources that are available to them under one roof, making the professional guidance and tools offered by Student Aid Centers and their representatives exceptional in its marketplace.

One compelling reason borrowers are turning to programs offered by Student Aid Centers are the cash back and rebate incentives, along with rate and principal reduction programs not offered by direct loans provided by federal agencies and many traditional sources of funding.

The ease of applying for loans along with approvals within just minutes, no out-of-pocket cost or prepayment penalties, and repayment terms up to a flexible 30 years and high borrowing limits, keeps borrowers coming back to consolidate their student loans.

In addition to that, Student Aid Centers helps graduate students find funding and loan consolidation options tailored specifically to their courses of study — from business to law to medical students and graduates. Students — both undergraduate and graduate — as well as their parents can discover the information that they need to determine whether or not consolidating student loans would benefit them.

Student loan consolidation enables borrowers to control their student debt. With student loan consolidation, all previously borrowed student loans will be combined. A single payment, therefore, will be all that is required each month, and flexible payment plans are available — payment plans that enable graduated students to repay their students loans and be able to meet other financial obligations.

Student Aid Centers addresses questions and concerns relating to student aid and student loan consolidation.

Student Aid, “The Trusted Resource for Academic and Career Advancement” ™ is a national leading organization providing student aid resources and information to students, graduates, parents and schools. To learn more about Student Aid Centers and the financing that they make available, visit


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Irving, Texas Invites Scouts to the National Scouting Museum

Irving, TX (Vocus) March 17, 2009

The National Scouting Museum and the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) have teamed up to offer special discount packages to Scouts and their families who want to learn more about the history of the Boy Scouts of America.

Located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving serves as the national headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America and the adjacent National Scouting Museum. The size of a football field, this massive, state-of-the-art facility features high-tech, virtual reality adventures with hands-on learning experiences, as well as the largest collection of Norman Rockwell Scouting paintings under one roof. The National Scouting Museum is also a tribute to the rich history of Scouting, with a historical collection that traces the Scouting movement from its beginnings.

The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau Teams Up To Offer New Experiences for Scouts

In 2009, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau offers special discounts for Scouts and their families at local hotels and attractions, in commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Scouting in February 2010 and to raise awareness of the National Scouting Museum. Scouts who come to Irving, Texas and the National Scouting Museum will enjoy hands-on educational experiences and opportunities to learn the history of America through the growth of the Scouting movement.

To further promote the anniversary, the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau has planned a series of gondola rows in cities throughout the US, leading to the centennial celebration in Washington, DC in 2010.

For more information on the National Scouting Museum and to receive special Scout rates and packages, visit the “Hot Deals” section of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau website at

Contact: Diana Pfaff

222 W Las Colinas Blvd, Suite 1550

Irving, TX 75039

800-247-8464 or 972-252-7476, ext. 116

dpfaff (at)


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Orlando World Center Marriott Resort Invites You to Swim with the Dolphins

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 20, 2007

Discover a once in a lifetime adventure with the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort’s “Swim with the Dolphins Experience,” an exhilarating Florida resort package.

This unforgettable package encompasses one-night deluxe accommodations at the Orlando resort complete with a complimentary upgrade to a pool-view room, buffet breakfast in Solaris Restaurant and one-day all-inclusive admission to Discovery Cove for two. Guests also receive a pass for seven consecutive days for unlimited admission to SeaWorld