These Elementary School Kids Go Way Beyond Their Age To Raise Money In Support Of Pediatric Cancer

A group of very special students at Glenville Elementary School in Greenwich, CT is raising money to help children who are fighting cancer and their charity of choice is the Circle of Care.

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Tracy's Dogs Rescues Shelter Dogs From Euthanasia And Finds Them Forever Homes

Tracy's Dogs is a not-for-profit National Rescue & Transport Initiative for shelter dogs. The focus of the program is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs with pending euthanasia dates residing in kill shelters with the hope of putting them up for adoption to find forever homes!

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Healing PTSD One Hug At A Time On National Hug Day!

The Human Hug Project is made up of three people with three different lives, but all face one obstacle- PTSD. Together, they are the Human Hug Project. Ian Michael is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gino Greganti is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Erin Greganti is a Marine Corps wife who experienced war and its aftermath at home.

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Global Company Puts A “STAR” On Local Organization Serving Those With Disabilities

For the last 13 years, Diageo, the global leader in beverage alcohol brands in spirits, beer, and wine has held an annual community service event to benefit an assortment of local causes. For the past two years, Diageo's Norwalk, CT-based finance team of over 100 employees helped restore the outdoor environment at the STAR Center in Norwalk, a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in mid-Fairfield County, CT and serves over 200 people on a daily basis. The restoration is creating opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice, and personal growth.

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Cats And Coffee Could Be The Purrfect Combination Of Love And Affection!

Cat cafés are popping up all over the United States, but this one is VERY unique. Based in Orlando, Florida, this Cat Café is both a cat adoption center and a coffee shop that donates all of its profits to charitable causes.

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Broadway Acting Duo Inspires Kids From Madagascar To Pursue Their Dreams

Broadway actors Bryce Pinkham (a stage and screen actor best known for originating the role of Monty Navarro in the Broadway production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Lucas Caleb Rooney (known for The Drop, The Magic of Belle Isle, and One Last Thing) may not use the most conventional techniques to empower kids to stay in school, but they have found great success in doing so. Zara Aina, established by Bryce and Lucas in 2012, is a non-profit organization working to develop sustainable arts programs that are changing lives!

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Tim Tebow’s Night To Shine: An Epic Experience For Special Kids

A Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. For the first time, a Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, was held at the spectacular Grace Community Church in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Join The Fundraising Fun: Fairfield County's Giving Day 2017

What is Fairfield County's Giving Day?

Fairfield County's (Connecticut) Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising competition that unites this community around local causes close to your heart. Last year, this amazing day of giving had extraordinary results: $1,246,964 donated by 11,000+ individuals for 410 nonprofits. Lead sponsors of the event include Bank of America, Whole Foods and Hearst Connecticut Media.

Giving Day is now in its 4th year. For a full list of all the "official" nonprofits participating in Fairfield County's Giving Day 2017, click here. For a breakdown by town, click here.

How to support Fairfield County's Giving Day:

For the third year, Fairfield County's Giving Day allows residents and businesses to 'give where they live.' This fundraising marathon is spearheaded by Fairfield County's Community Foundation to empower the greater community and encourage local philanthropy. Here's how you can help:

  • Shop at Whole Foods Markets in Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich and Westport on March 3rd. 5% of your purchase will support "Get Up & Give" launch prizes for nonprofits participating in Fairfield County's Giving Day.
  • Enter the Giving Day sweepstakes sponsored by Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Through 5 pm on March 10th, enter for a chance to win a $1,000 donation to your favorite participating nonprofit on Giving Day.
  • Starting 12:00 am on March 10th, go to FCGives.org and choose your favorite local causes to support. Donations as modest as $10 add up. AND, your donation can help your favorite nonprofit win grant prizes up to $25,000.

HooplaHa has been a proud supporter of Fairfield Country organizations by producing videos about charities that are making a huge difference in this community. These 2 HooplaHa videos are organizations that are on the Giving Day's "official" List!

1) This Dedicated Rock Star Donates Her Salary To The Arts!

Supporting the arts is Allison Stockel's main passion in life. After graduating NYU with a BA in Television Production and Music, she went on to produce television specials and shows for the likes of CNN, ABC, The Food Network, MTV Networks, Lifetime Television, and more. But her real love for the a...

2) Mother Of Sandy Hook Victim Chooses Love Over Anger

Today is National Giving Day! Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Scarlett founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in an effort to promote and spread the ideas of compassion, forgiveness, and understanding. By creating awareness...

Here are 3 other Fairfield County based organizations that are making a difference:

1) A “Sweet" Man That Knows The Importance Of Giving Back

Tis' the season of giving, but for Al DiGuido, every season is full of giving! Al DiGuido is the owner of Saugatuck Sweets; an Ice Cream and Sweet shop with stores in Westport and Fairfield, CT. When he opened them, he knew nothing about Ice cream or Candy… he only knew that he wanted to do so...

2) Circle Of Care' Changes View Of Pediatric Cancer With Photo Art Exhibit

Photo art and two determined, loving moms are changing the views of pediatric cancer. After Liz Salguero and Dawn Ladenheim met in a support group for moms and siblings of children with cancer, Circle of Care was born. Circle of Care, which is a Wilton, Connecticut nonprofit organization, provide...

3) Teen Dances To Help Dad Cure Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease affects nearly 10 million people worldwide. 15-year-old Zoe Butchen from Ridgefield, CT knows these affects all too well. This charitable teen's father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year. With a history of charitable deeds, Zoe knew she had to do something to help h...