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December 2011 Philanthropy Blog

01 Jan 2012 2:52 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)


 
 Welcome to the latest edition of The Noblemen Philanthropy Blog covering all of the WONDERFUL Noble Deeds that were performed in the month of December. The Noblemen make a big footprint in Hampton Roads at Christmas time and we are delighted to be able to share our experiences with you here!

 The Noblemen Toy Drive was bigger and better than ever this year and we were able to give toys to over 3000 local children in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and the Peninsula. We partner with many different local groups that help us connect with local kids who really need some help at Christmas time. Some of these groups include Early Discoveries, The Boys and Girls Club, W.A.L.K.I.N., The Achievable Dream Academy, The Bryant and Stratton Kiddie College and many more. We also work with countless other local families who are in need and simply can't provide toys to their children at Christmas. There are so many wonderful stories to tell from the Toy Drive every year that we could write volumes of books. Perhaps the best way to tell these stories is through pictures. Please click in the video to the right and enjoy!
(if you click on the four arrows in the lower right hand corner of the video than you can watch it on the big screen!)
 
 
 One
of the most touching experiences in which The Noblemen participated over the Christmas season involved helping a family in need in Suffolk. We were honored to be able to help the family of Alphonzo Davis, a local Navy Veteran who is battling cancer and may be facing his last Christmas with his family. Facing mounting medical bills Alphonzo and his fiance did not think they would be able to provide gifts to his children for Christmas this year. The Noblemen and NobleWomen were honored to have the opportunity to step in and "be a part of the solution"! Please click on the video to the right to see the story through the eyes of News Channel 3!
(if you click on the four arrows in the lower right hand corner of the video than you can watch it on the big screen!)





 

 The very first Noble Deed that The Noblemen ever performed and which we still perform every year is The Noblemen Trolley Ride. Every year around 150 Noblemen, NobleWomen, our spouses and close friends take Christmas to families who have a child in hospice care and may be facing their last Christmas. Armed with good cheer, caroling books, Santa Claus, and a ton of toys and food for the families we load onto buses and deliver a magical night of Christmas to families who are not expecting to celebrate. It is truly one of the most amazing things that we do.

 
 
 Several years ago The Noblemen were able to help a grandmother in Portsmouth who had just taken custody of 6 grandchildren because their Mother, for many reasons was no longer able to care for them. Mimi was 78 when she gained custody of the children and not a week after the grandchildren moved in with her, her house was condemned. The Noblemen were able to put a new roof on her house, supply a new HVAC unit, build a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom extension onto the home, supply new kitchen appliances and a used van for Mimi to get everyone around. Each year The Noblemen provide Christmas gifts to all of the children. This year 2 of the children asked for and received bikes, two asked for clothes so The Noblemen gave them gift cards to WalMart so they could go pick out what they wanted, one asked for drums and we gave him a set of cajon bongos (a type of hand percussion drum) and the last boy asked for a saxophone. We put the word out to our members and contacts and were only able to get our hands on a clarinet. The young man said he  had played clarinet in the past and would be happy to have that for Christmas. On Christmas Eve morning one of our members was able to get a Saxophone donated by Moe's Music on Virginia Beach Boulevard. When the gifts were delivered on Christmas Eve the young boy who was expecting to open a used clarinet, instead opened a new saxophone. As if this wasn't magic enough (true story here....) he ran to his room, retrieved a saxophone reed, put the sax together and belted out "Silent Night". As you can imagine, there was not a dry eye present. Amazing. 
 
 
 One of The Noblemen members brought our attention to the plight of a young local Mother named Natasha. 6 months ago while Natasha was deployed with the Navy her 2 year old son Colton fell into a swimming pool while under the care of a nanny. Colton was revived after 20 minutes but suffered severe brain damage. Natasha has no family or real support in Hampton Roads. The Noblemen were able to help cover expenses to bring Natasha's parents to Hampton Roads to help her when Colton is released from the hospital and also cover some expenses for things she will now need in the house.
 
 
 The Noblemen were honored to give a $2000 gift to Forward Motion Farms in December. Forward Motion Farm, located in Pungo became the home of a new non profit organization: Untamed Spirit Therapeutic and Educational Program. This non profit will serve special needs children and adults and offer educational workshops to the community about equine assisted programs. This wonderful non-profit is run by long time friend of The Noblemen and local equine therapy pioneer Barb Ford.


 
 
 Thank you for reading the December 2011 edition of The Noblemen Philanthropy Blog. 2011 was the biggest and best year ever for our organization and we cannot wait for all of the Noble Deeds that await us in 2012. Please check back next month and read about all of the philanthropy that kicked of 2012!

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