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Children's Hopes & Dreams Foundation
138 Cloudland Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
The Children's Hopes & Dreams Foundation (CHDF) an international, non-profit, voluntary organization, is dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of children who are affected by life-threatening illnesses. Established in 1983, the foundation also provides continuing support for these children and their parents through the International Pen-Pal Program and the "Kid's Kare Packages" program. The Foundation's Dream Fulfillment Program is designed to fulfill the special dreams of children between the ages of four and 17 whose parents are unable to fulfill such a dream request due to finances or lack of necessary connections. The entire family is involved in the fulfillment of a dream, since the illness or disability affects the entire family. Dreams may range in expense from the gift of a puppy to a family trip to the Olympics. The Pen-Pal Program, begun in 1990, now includes over 13,000 children between the ages of five and 17 and provides children with the opportunity to communicate with others who share similar experiences. Children are matched by age, gender, and category of illness, disability or trauma with a child from a different state or one of 53 countries. Thousands of children's hospitals, national health organizations, serious illness camps, hospices, and Ronald McDonald Houses participate in the Pen-Pal Program by making free enrollment cards available to children who are affected by life-threatening or chronic illnesses, conditions or disabilities or who are in a traumatic situation (defined as: having lost a parent or sibling; having an ill parent or sibling; OR parents are divorced, separated, incarcerated or on military deployment). The foundation also provides "Kid's Kare Packages," sending donated gifts from a variety of companies, organizations, and individuals year round to the children to reassure them of the foundation's continued support and concern.
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