Stars of HOPE

$560 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 64 months
Patrick Samuels
for Groesbeck Rebuilds America-Paying It Forward
Stars of HOPE needs your help to purchase materials to make stars and help our teams travel to disaster impacted communities.

Up Coming Star of HOPE Projects!
Moore, OK
Stars of HOPE paint project with children from both Briarwood Elementary - Date to be determined.
Prescott, AZ
Stars of HOPE paint project with the families of those who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Date to be determined.Colorado
Stars of HOPE First Responder Project. Posting messaged stars in the flood impacted areas. Date to be determined.

Stars of HOPE empowers people impacted by disaster or tragedy to heal their spirit and to unite their community through art.

Stars Arrive in Newtown!

From our Director
My mother-in-law, Debby Vincent owns and operates Assisted Living Homes for Disabled Veterans. In 2006, a tornado destroyed one of the homes and killed one of the veterans. New York Says Thank You came to Groesbeck, TX in September 2007 and built a new home for my brother-in-law James Vincent and his family. It was a tremendous experience working with volunteers from New York and all over the country to build a house. It made me extremely proud to be an American and take part in a grass-root project to pay-forward kindness. In December 2007, the founder of NYSTY asked us, the Vincent family, if we wanted to make wooden stars to take to Greensburg, Kansas, a town that was almost completely destroyed by an EF5 tornado. We jumped at the chance to "pay it forward" and made about 300 stars to take to Greensburg for the school kids there to paint messages of hope on. These stars were then placed all over the devastated landscape of the small Kansas town. This was the first of what became the Stars of HOPE project. Since then, we have completed similar projects in Galveston, TX; Mena, AR; Little Sioux, IA; Fort Hood, TX; Ellijay, GA ; Joplin, MO ; Tuscaloosa, AL; Sendai, Japan; Bastrop, TX; Minot, ND; Long Island, NY; Staten Island, NY; Newtown, CT; Bucyrus, ND, Adairsville, GA, Howard Beach, NY, Long Beach, NY and Long Branch NJ. I have been blessed to meet, work alongside and befriend some of the most compassionate people in the world. The impact we make empowering people affected by disaster and tragedy drives us to continue this mission, but it is the relationships we have formed within our group that continue to make me proud to pay it forward!
~ Pat Samuels

Stars of HOPE empower communities to bring hope and color back to their devastated landscapes through community art projects. These projects generate lasting inspiration through the extended long term recovery period following disasters or tragic sadness.

Stars of Hope Projects

First Responder
Stars of HOPE First Responders bring pre-messaged stars from our workshops to devastated communities. These stars are posted throughout the community.

School Paints
Stars of Hope Workshops bring blank stars for children to paint with words of encouragement. Impacted by natural disaster or community tragedy, children are given a way to help heal their community. Stars are posted throughout the community.

Community Paints
Families are invited to a community location to meet with their neighbors. Often it is the first time they have seen each other after their disaster. Sometimes, it is a chance to say good bye. Stars are posted throughout the community.

Please donate to Stars of HOPE today and help spread HOPE!
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December 5-7 2013 during our service trip, we will be completing two paint projects with children from both Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary schools. Both schools were destroyed in the tornado. We have the approvals we need from The City of Moore, Oklahoma... we have the Volunteers... we have the Stars of HOPE and thanks to The Home Depot - Bellmead/Waco we will have brightly colored posts for the stars painted by children of Moore, OK!
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Hey y'all, please donate today and help us bring HOPE to communities who need an emotional boost! We have seen the difference Stars of HOPE makes. Your donation will help us "pay it forward" to those in-need. Thanks in advance!
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Thank you to all who have helped us make Stars of Hope what it is today! Couldn't do it without you!
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$560 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 64 months
Created August 3, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Groesbeck Rebuilds America-Paying It Forward
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Marlin, TX
EIN: 263718351
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60 months ago

Donated to honor the people of Moore who welcomed us with open hearts! Wish I could do more, but my understanding is this is enough to cover the cost of 3 stars. So, one from Fargo, one from Joplin, and one from Minot - Paying it Forward! We love you Moore!

61 months ago
Judy Elimelech
61 months ago

Hope to join you for the trip

Beth Henry
62 months ago

Thank you for all the you did for us and what you continue to do

Lisa Tropea
62 months ago

I love the work you're doing!! Kudos to all who help color our world with HOPE!!

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