P. O. Box 427
Centre Hall, PA  16828

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Thank you to everyone who attended our recent Vera Bradley Bingo event at the Centre Hall Elementary School.  The event was alot of fun and very successful because of all of you who supported it.  A very special thank you to all of our gracious sponsors and in-kind donors!  We could not have done this without you!  

As you are giving thanks for the many blessings you have in your life, please take a minute to consider helping a child of limited means in the Penns Valley Area School District to have a joyous Christmas. 

Hello HOPE Fund friends and supporters!  Centre Gives is nearly upon us this year!!  Many of you have participated in helping the HOPE Fund through Centre Gives in the past and we do thank you so much for your support!  In case you have not heard about Centre Gives, it is a part of 

Thank you so much Penns Valley for coming out to celebrate with us and Grow HOPE at the GALA for HOPE on Saturday, April 25, 2015!  What a wonderful event it was and the HOPE Fund would like to thank all of you for coming out to support the event and also thank all the wonderful sponsors and donors who helped make this event happen!  We would also like to say THANK YOU to Eva Gerhart and Erin Hare and the entire GALA committee for planning such a fantastic event!  We are blessed! 


Christmas of HOPE is an off-shoot of the charity the HOPE Fund of Penns Valley.  The HOPE Fund was started because we saw a great need in our community to help residents faced with medical or personal disasters.

At Christmas time, we wanted to be able to help the families assisted by the HOPE Fund even more by providing Christmas for their children. Because the HOPE Fund is funded completely through donations, and because those donations are designated for families in need facing dire health situations or other tragedies, there needed to be a very definite separation between the HOPE Fund and Christmas of HOPE. Therefore, Christmas of HOPE is recognized as its own entity.

Christmas of HOPE takes referrals from guidance counselors at our local schools as well as church pastors and the outreach committee from the HOPE Fund.  Businesses and community members have generously stepped forward to sponsor children by donating money, gifts, and their time to provide Christmas for local children. In 2014, we served over 90 children of limited means through Christmas of HOPE. 

This program has grown tremendously since its inception.  This is our sixth year now and it is only been possible because of the support of the entire community.

We are about providing for the needs of the children sponsored as well as some of the "wants".  What we ask of our sponsors is very simple, but immensely rewarding. We give you information on a child. This will include the age, sex, sizes, needs and interest of the child. The form will not tell you a name, but for confidentiality sake, it will have a code. You and your family, team or co-workers will have time to shop for items on your list. If you volunteer to sponsor a child, the information you need for shopping will be given to you immediately along with other information and directions on what to do next.

Each child we serve also receives a new pillow case filled with miscellaneous supplies such as pencils, crayons, markers, school supplies, shampoo, body wash, tooth paste and tooth brush as well as a Faith based Christmas present.

All children that we serve are residents of the Penns Valley Area School District.  We are so blessed to be part of this community and to have so many generous people, businesses and churches help support this cause.  If you would like to consider sponsoring a child next year for Christmas or would like more information, you can email pennsvalleyhopefund@gmail.com.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made out to Christmas of HOPE and mailed to The HOPE Fund of Penns Valley, PO Box 427, Centre Hall, PA 16828.

Thank you for helping to brighten Christmas for our Penns Valley youth!  

The HOPE Fund is a Christian based, non-denominational, non-profit organization dedicated to helping other people everyday.

1. The purpose of the HOPE fund is to financially assist residents of the Penns Valley Area School District with a medical crisis or a personal disaster

2. The HOPE Fund started in response to the caring and generous support of people in the valley

3. Tragedies unfortunately happen everyday. The HOPE Fund wants to have contingency funds available so we can act swiftly when these situations arise.

We are a 100% volunteer run 501c3 Corporation.  With the administrative, fundraising, customer service and event related activities within a year's time, it takes over 240 volunteers to make the HOPE Fund run efficiently.  ALL of the money that we raise STAYS in Penns Valley to help those in need.  It is the belief of THE HOPE FUND that people are likely to recover faster when not faced with financial burden.  We have assisted stroke victims, cancer patients, heart attack victims, accident victims and those displaced by house fires.  In sum, we have distributed over $305,000 since August, 2008 to our Penns Valley neighbors in need.  Some more specific examples of residents we have helped are noted below. 

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