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By: Stefan Nolet

May 2, 2017

Independence Bowl

The Independence Bowl Foundation has made donations of $6,976 to each of the 2016 recipients of the Charitable Donation Program: Heart of Hope – A Sanctuary for Women and St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry.

The Independence Bowl Foundation made the donations today in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana Give for Good campaign. Money donated during Give for Good will be partially matched by the Community Foundation Lagniappe Fund.

The Independence Bowl’s Charitable Donation Program began in 2013 as a means to help area non-profit organizations fill identifiable areas of need within the community. Each year, the Independence Bowl Foundation takes a portion of each ticket sold to the Independence Bowl and donates the funds to the selected non-profit organizations during Give for Good.

Heart of Hope, located in Keithville, La., is a sanctuary for young women going through unplanned pregnancies, providing them with physical, emotional, educational and spiritual support. The funds from the Charitable Donation Program would be used to help Heart of Hope achieve self-sustainability by building and maintaining a chicken coop to provide eggs and chicken as food for the residents, while also selling to the local community.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry utilizes an RV outfitted to provide basic health screening, health services, education and medical referrals to medically underserved areas of North Louisiana. The funds from the Charitable Donation Program would be used to assist in a nutrition and wellness program for 250 elementary and middle school students in Caddo Parish.

Annette Hall, chair of the Charitable Donation Program committee, said the committee selected the organizations because of their commitment to the health and development of area youth.

“The two organizations selected for donations will promote a healthy head-start for youth and infants,” Hall said. “Heart of Hope Ministries provides good nutrition and parenting counseling for young pregnant women, contributing to healthy babies. St. Luke’s Mobile Medical Ministry will offer interactive learning experiences for elementary and middle school children who attend community centers.

“The programs will focus on healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise and physical activity, and other positive health choices.”