After going on a mission trip with the Dominican Republic Mission Team to the Dominican Republic in 2011, my life forever changed. I met a very sick three-year-old little boy named Juancito who had no clothes, no food, no medication and no way to get help. We came from two different countries, two completely different ways of life and didn't even speak the same language, but we had an instantaneous bond that changed my life in ways I could not even imagine.
I was able to help Juancito while I was in the DR, but could not help but feel guilty for the wonderful life I have when I returned home. I was determined to do as much as I could to help Juancito and other children in need just like him. I put my artistic skills to the test and posted some photos on Facebook of hand-painted wine glasses I had made in an effort to raise money for the DR Mission Team. A Glass Full of Hope was very quickly formed and nearly six years, hundreds glasses and thousands of dollars later, I have never been caught up on my orders.
I absolutely love doing what I do and never expected the amazing turn out I have recieved. Every single time I paint a glass I think of Juancito and how thankful I am for the experience I was given in the Dominican Republic that helped make me into the person I am today.
Over $6,000 and counting in just under six years!
Over 1,000 glasses and other hand-painted crafts!
A Glass Full of Hope was able to help build a house in the Dominican Republic.