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Fredericksburg project wins Walmart grant
Fairy Godmother Project was awarded a $10,000 grant from Walmart today. The non-profit organization, based in Fredericksburg, was selected by Walmart out of 21, 677 nominations. Fairy Godmother Project works to ease the burden of everyday life for local families who have a child in treatment for a form of pediatric cancer.
“Being selected for the grant is affirmation of the value of the services we provide to local families,” said Andie McConnell, founder and executive director for Fairy Godmother Project. “The grant will give us funds to provide more support to more local families who need help with basic but necessary things like putting gas in their cars for travels to and from treatment, putting a meal on the table each night, cleaning the house, and taking care of other household tasks at a time when their energies and resources are focused on taking care of a child with cancer.”
McConnell formed the organization after befriending a local family who had a child with cancer. Through a survey of other families in similar situations, McConnell learned that they all need help with daily household tasks and with taking care of their other children. The grant will be used to purchase food to cook more meals for the families and for gas cards to alleviate some of the financial burden of the families who travel back and forth to treatment centers.
Fairy Godmother Project was established in Fredericksburg in 2011. A supporting chapter in Richmond was created in January 2012. Today, FGP provides services like meals, housecleaning, date nights, and lawn care for nine families while they attend to their more important mission: caring for their child. Also, professional photographers volunteer their time and expertise to photograph the families. In addition to funding, an equally important need is more volunteers.
“We know there are more families who are suffering and could use our help, but we need more volunteers to support them. We welcome all volunteers, whether they can provide a few hours a month or a few hours a week,” said McConnell.
The grant awarded to the Fairy Godmother Project is part of Walmart’s “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign. Over 12 consecutive days, the company is awarding a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country. Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.