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Global Charity kicks up relief efforts on the home front with martial arts gear donation to Highland Park Program serving low-income Hispanic children

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  • Highland Park area children suit up with protective gear donated by local charity Gear for Goals during free Tae Kwon Do self-defense class offered by Working Together.

      Highland Park area children suit up with protective gear donated by local charity Gear for Goals during free Tae Kwon Do self-defense class offered by Working Together.
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Gear for Goals is on a mission to impact the lives of over 10,000 underprivileged kids this year and they moved one step closer to that goal by donating Tae Kwon Do equipment to Working Together, a Highland Park-based organization working with low-income Hispanic children.

"Area residents Alicia De La Cruz and Margoth Moreno have created a wonderful program for children who are often forgotten right in our own back yard," says Gear for Goals' Executive Director, Dr. Warren Bruhl. "When they reached out to us to ask if we could donate head gear and chest pads for sparring it wasn't a question of if, but when we could help. It took us time to get the gear together, however, our charity was recently able to donate Tae Kwon Do equipment for the whole class and it was a thrill to see the impact that it made for the kids." "With tears in their eyes Mrs. De La Cruz and Margoth Moreno thanked me over and over again for their children saying, you don't know what this means to them, Dr. Bruhl!"

Teachers from Working Together were using two sets of equipment for twenty to twenty five students over the PAST THREE YEARS and with G4G's recent donation, now all the children have enough equipment to fully participate.

"We all donate our time to work with children on programs that could otherwise be out of reach for families in our community," says De La Cruz. "Since the beginning, Working Together has been a unique program in which people in the community get involved to help each other and it's a program that promotes volunteerism and mutual aid. Gear for Goals' recent contribution to our program will make a huge difference for our participants and we're grateful with their support."

Working Together is a self-funded program developed by De La Cruz and Moreno, both immigrants themselves, that provides children access to art, sport and cultural activities.

Since Gear for Goals' launch the summer of 2012, over 3,500 pieces of sports equipment and uniforms have been provided to underprivileged children. G4G currently ships to the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Russia, Philippines, Jamaica, India, and Cuba. In total, G4G aims to provide equipment to over 10,000 children globally this year through their 10,000/$10,000 campaign.

About Working Together

Founded upon the goal of enhancing the emotional and physical wellbeing of children, Working Together initiates projects that benefit and support the Hispanic community of both Highwood and Highland Park. Their mission: to promote, encourage and support the Hispanic community with educational, cultural and recreational activities geared toward enhancing the lives of participants.

For more information about Gear for Goals, visit http://www.Dreamweaver911.org. To find out more about how you can help, contact Gear for Goals' Executive Director, Dr. Warren Bruhl at 312.869.2031.

About Gear for Goals

Gear for Goals' Vision is to see every child in the world have the opportunity to play, compete, and enjoy sport through equal access to necessary equipment and instruction. Hope and possibility, flourishing community, transformed economies, inspired health, and lasting impact are the global imprint of their service. Gear for Goals' Mission is to provide every child enjoyment, passion, and love of sport. Follow Gear for Goals on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/GearforGoals.

About Dreamweaver International

Dreamweaver International is a 501c(3) organization located in the United States that provides education, healthcare, and humanitarian aid to the people of the Rift Valley of Kenya. With the addition of partner program, Gear for Goals, Dreamweaver International's scope and outreach of humanitarian care continues to grow globally.

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