Impact of Glenda’s Gift

Check out below to see the ways Glenda’s Gift has already been blessing people from all over the world!

  • A group of children (including Glenda’s grandchildren) organized a run and yard sale to raise money for 3 surgeries for kids from Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda from Cure International.  Glenda’s Gift contributed funds to help reach the $3,000 goal these kids had, in order to provide these life changing surgeries, and to support kids who are learning to give generously and selflessly!
  • A young woman from Pennsylvania has suffered from a relentless nerve disorder for the past 3 years that puts her in the hospital in severe pain weekly.  She has been unable to work or many of the normal things we do each day, including eating, because of this condition.   This family has been blessed with a financial donation from Glenda’s Gift to help with medical expenses as well as travel and lodging expenses as they travel 100 miles to a hospital several times a month.
  • Adama Dembele is a 33rd generation musician from Ivory Coast, West Africa, who resides in Asheville, NC.  On January 12, 2015, the Ivory Coast government demolished his family home and many others in Abobo (a city of 1.5 million people), citing erosion and unsafe conditions, a fact that is common in this part of the country where very little infrastructure exists. Thousands of people were pushed out of their homes with one week’s notice—some forced at gunpoint—and were given no temporary housing or compensation. Many families and children are now homeless, and there is little expectation that the Ivory Cost government will provide housing or reimbursement for those impacted.
    Also impacted was the Djembeso Drum & Dance Education Center, a place for people of all ages to study drumming, dance, and learn about West African culture.  Local Asheville musicians have traveled to study there, as well as countless musicians from around the world.  Adama’s family has been passing on their musical heritage and culture for nearly 700 years, and they currently have no homes or structure to carry this on.  The donation from Glenda’s Gift will be used to help rebuild this community so they can continue to bless the world as they have done for so many years.
  • Each academic year, two graduate students in the Dietetic Internship Program at the University at Buffalo will be chosen to receive Glenda’s Gift Fund scholarships to help them complete their education to become a Registered Dietitian, which was Glenda’s passion as a professional.