Local humanitarian group to host fundraiser

RENOVO — Local humanitarian group, Advocates United for Humanity, will host a basket raffle fundraiser on Saturday, May 1, at the Renovo Fire Department from 1 – 6 p.m. And everyone’s invited.

Photos are from various events held within the community by AU4H volunteers and founder Donna Kshir. Clockwise from top left: Donna Kshir visits Renovo Elementary for a writing project. The Grinch visit the Erickson family. Donna Kshir and Maureen Ruhl hold Warming Tree at the Renovo Salvation Army. Terri Hough reads to children at Renovo Elementary.

The raffle includes a variety of gift baskets, gift cards, games and gift certificates from area businesses. AU4H volunteers will serve hot sausages, sloppy joes, a variety of cold salads, baked beans, desserts, cotton candy and drinks. The basket raffle fundraiser is coordinated by Terri Hough, area photographer and author of children’s book, “Who’s in Our Woods 2.” Hough is a longtime volunteer with the organization.

The fundraiser is being held to provide assistance to area families through the AU4H emergency food pantry that compliments local food assistance programs and AU4H Comfort Bears that donates teddy bears to local law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement will give those to children they encounter in the line of duty.

AU4H’s annual ‘Holiday Smiles’ campaigns help bring joy to the hearts of area children providing Easter Baskets, Thanksgiving meals, Secret Santa, a Warming Tree providing hats and gloves to area children and generously donating to the Renovo Elementary Community Closet benefiting Keystone Central School District children.

Two of AU4H’s most popular hands-on programs are their anti-bullying program, ‘Bystander to Upstanders,’ and their summer program, ‘The Sky’s the Limit.’ These programs help build confidence in the younger generation for the future of humanity through various community projects, team-building exercises and fun activities.

In addition, AU4H assists area residents with their online help assistance program, email service, phone service and a newly implemented text service to assist deaf and hard of hearing clients as well. AU4H dedicated volunteers have assisted with multiple missing children cases; recently assistancing law enforcement agencies in effort to bring home a missing child. Advocates United for Humanity was founded on June 8, 2016 by bestselling authors and sister advocates Donna M. Kshir and Lee Roberts. These leading ladies have volunteered their time and talents with various non-profit organizations over their lifetime including: animal rights, volunteered at their children’s schools, in youth groups and give themselves as much as they can, as their health allows.

Both women are highly respected activists using their voice for Conner’s Law — Kentucky, receiving a Letter of Recommendation from Conner’s mother Mashanna Bachuss, uniting with Erin’s Law, Animal Rescue and Rights, Children’s Rights, Missing and Unidentified Persons, the Homeless, Domestic Violence, Writing and Publishing Books, Educational Radio Broadcasts and the Deaf Community.

For more information on the fundraiser contact Terri Hough at: ltdev03@yahoo.com, or to become a volunteer, sponsor or for more information on a program, visit Advocates United for Humanity’s official website http://www.au4h.weebly.com, or email them at au4h@yahoo.com.

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