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Success Stories

Holiday Cheer for Seniors

happy group of people at senior living home
Giving through the CFC can have a ripple effect, as charities work to enrich the lives of others by encouraging them to give back to their community as well. With a focus on youth development, one CFC-supported charity enlightens the lives of aspiring athletes by bringing them together first through basketball, and then incorporating community service and learning opportunities into their lives.
One such activity is to visit with residents of a local senior living home.

A Happy, Healthy Future for Mint

father with his two children and their horse
Due to their pedigree and intense efforts required from racing, Thoroughbred horses are typically subject to high accident rates and other health problems. 
Two-year old Mint, who had not yet even raced, was diagnosed with a displaced slab fracture that could cause arthritis and degenerative joint disease. If surgery could be performed and healing time was available, Mint would recover.

How Darrel Turned His Life Around

smiling man
An Eastern Shore, MD, native, Darrel moved to Washington, D.C., with his family at the age of 17. After four years in the military, in 1989 he found himself aimless, homeless and arrested for intent to distribute drugs. The court required that Darrel complete 100 hours of community service at a community mission supported by the CFC.
As part of his service, Darrel was unloading new winter coats that had come in as a donation. Even though he had enough money to buy one, Darrel thought he would get one from the mission for free.

Biking to a Better Life

teenage girl in Zambia and her bike
Five days a week, Beene rides her bike 8 kilometers (5 miles) each way to school – a distance she was previously walking. Beene, a 16-year old girl in grade six at Chikanda Basic School in Kalomo District, Central Zambia, used to suffer significant pain in her legs due to the long distances she walked each day. Now, she proudly announces that, due to her new bicycle, her legs are in "pain no more." 
Beene received her bike from a CFC-supported charity, in May 2011. For the first time in her life, Beene was able to attend school five days a week.