December 11, 2017
Even the cold front coming with rain and lightning on Saturday December 9, 2017 didn’t stop us of staging our 4th Annual Jupiter Dragons Inter-Squad Event to raise donations for a local charity called My Own Home Project. We couldn't do the Inter-squad Relays as planned due to the bad weather but Jupiter Dragons Swim Team families raised $2,280 enabling the sponsorship of 4+ children! Thank you very much for helping these young people get a start on their road to independence and self-sufficiency!
Well done Dragons Families!!!
Please read this excerpt from their website How It All Began:
One Christmas a 17-year-old young man who was in foster care in Palm Beach County, Florida had made a request on the Salvation Army Christmas Tree in Palm Beach Gardens Mall.
He didn’t request a fancy new gaming system or $100.00 sneakers, he knew that his life was about to start and he had nowhere else to turn, but to ask for kindness from a stranger at Christmas time. He asked for pots and pans, so he could cook himself a meal. He asked for dishes, silverware and glassware, so he could eat that meal with dignity. He asked for a pillow and a blanket and sheets, so that he would have a nice bed to sleep in and feel safe and warm. He asked for the very things that most people provide for their own children when they move out. He had no parents to ask. Erin Udell, an operating room nurse in Palm Beach County picked that young man's angel and provided him with his list and more. Being a mother of two young adults who had just embarked on their own journeys of independence, she recognized the difficulties ahead for this young man and that his needs were solid and tangible. This young man and his needs were the inspiration and starting point for My Own Home Project Inc. This organization is a local Palm Beach County nonprofit organization which helps provide household items to foster children when they move out of the foster care facility as young adults. For more info you can visit their website at www.myownhomeproject.org.