A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful organization in Aruba called Imedahof that helps local children who have suffered some form of abuse. Stanley and I had the opportunity to visit the facility and meet the staff and some of the kids.
There are roughly 34 children that the organization supports. Some of them live on-site, while others come after school with their parents for counseling and to work through their respective issues. While it is heartbreaking to hear their stories, and see these bright young children dealing with such strife, it is also unbelievably uplifting to see how dedicated the staff of Imeldahof is to helping them overcome their problems.
We met with the Director, Natalia, a staff member named JennyRee and various other team members who are working tirelessly to help the children in their care. They gave us a tour of the facility and we learned more about the different programs they offer, how their funding is allocated, and what their goals are for the future.
One particular moment that struck a chord with me was when our escort to and from Imeldahof said to Stanley and me, “You guys are amazing for using your vacation to do good for our children.” To which Stanley replied, “The amazing people are the ones who stay with these children and work with them every single day.”
And that honestly couldn’t be any more spot-on. Our goal at Wellington Toffee is to create a delicious, high-quality product for our customers and then use money from sales to help various organizations like Imeldahof. But that is just one piece of the puzzle. We believe the true heroes are the ones who spend their time working directly with at-risk or troubled youth to help them become happy, healthy and productive members of society.
I might sound like a broken record at this point, but I cannot stress enough how much your support means to us, and how just a simple act of buying toffee can help these organizations who are doing tremendous work to make the world a better place.