Frederick, South Dakota, a small town of roughly 250 residents, is home to a group of people who are making a difference for our families in Guatemala. Teresa Hermodson-Olsen, our Sponsorship Coordinator in the St. Paul office, traveled there last month to get the word out about Common Hope, child sponsorship and our 2015 School Supply Drive. The outcome was, to say the least, very successful!

Her first stop was at the Frederick Area School District, a school whose entire K-12 grades consist of approximately 165 students from Frederick and surrounding towns. The students were excited to hear Teresa talk about Guatemala and Common Hope, and in preparation for her arrival, they organized their own school supply drive. This small yet mighty group of children and adolescents collected nearly 850 school supplies for our students in Guatemala! We are very proud of them and thankful for their hard work.

Teresa was also invited to be the guest speaker at St. Paul’s Lutheran Women’s salad luncheon in Frederick. She says the women demonstrated a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for Common Hope’s work, and by the end of the get-together, the women’s group and three other individuals decided to sponsor a child—a total of four new sponsors in one day! We are touched by their generosity and zeal for our mission!

Thank you to those in Frederick, South Dakota who gave Common Hope a warm welcome! Your financial donations, school supplies and sponsorships mean a lot to us and to the families we serve. Your enthusiasm and dedication serve as a testimony that you don’t have to be a big city or organization to make a big difference.