Send Pastor Betty Rendon's granddaughter to school!

Send Pastor Betty Rendon's granddaughter to school!

From Emily Heitzman

Tuition, fees, and school supplies at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School for Layla Hincapie-Rendon.

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Update #5

about 1 month ago

We did it folks. We finally reached the $12k goal for #School4Layla - and we did it all thanks to you!

In the meantime, please accept the heart felt thanks and appreciation from me, Pastors Monte, Anna-Kari, Kristian, and Edie, Marcia, and Francisco for all your help!

And thank you too, of course, from Layla, and her mama Paula and abuela Betty!

Pastor Emily

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Hello everyone - please meet little Layla.

You may not know her, but you may know her grandmother - Pastor Betty Rendón-Madrid. On May 28, 2019 Pastor Betty was deported back to the family's native Colombia, along with her husband Carlos and uncle, Felipe. This put Layla and her mother (Paula, next to her in this picture) in a very tight spot - especially for school. But after months of relocating and then COVID-19, we have a wonderful solution!

The good people at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School (http://www.pilgrimchurchandschool.org/) have accepted Layla for this academic year. What's more? They can continue her education through eighth grade, providing stability for her school life. The school has a robust day-care, after-school, and tutoring program to help Layla, her mother Paula, everyone else who cares for her.

This opportunity is ESPECIALLY important to Layla's grandmother, Pastor Betty, who spent years as an educator in Colombia before seeking asylum in the United States in 2004.

We come to you for help to raise the $12k needed for Layla to have a good school home for first grade (#School4Layla). Help her learn to read!  We can do this!  We need your help.  We hope to reach the goal by Halloween.

So please, contribute, share the link, the hashtag #School4Layla and help her out! If you prefer, send a check payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago IL 60660.  Write"Layla School" in the memo line.   Or give to online through Immanuel's webpage here:  https://tinyurl.com/supportlayla

And on behalf of the Hincapie-Rendon family, we thank you!

#School4Layla

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Emily Heitzman posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #5

We did it folks. We finally reached the $12k goal for #School4Layla - and we did it all thanks to you!

In the meantime, please accept the heart felt thanks and appreciation from me, Pastors Monte, Anna-Kari, Kristian, and Edie, Marcia, and Francisco for all your help!

And thank you too, of course, from Layla, and her mama Paula and abuela Betty!

Pastor Emily

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Emily Heitzman posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #4

We've done it! We've made it to (slightly past) the halfway point of our goal - $6,044.00 - and we did this in only three-and-a-half weeks!

However, the last week and a half of fundraising was rough. We had two sizable community asks go out with low response during that time. This is, largely, because most random online giving is going towards the 2020, making it hard for causes like ours to get much attention.

However, no fear! We have contributions coming in from sources outside of this website, AND we're about to begin a campaign to reach out to Chicago-area congregations for donations between $250-$500 in the meantime. So we'll still be raising money in the meantime.

And the week after the 2020 election is over we'll pick up our online asks again until we reach the final goal of $12k.

So thanks again to everyone for all your help, and we'll be keeping you up-to-date with everything!

#TeamLayla

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Emily Heitzman posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #3

Thank you to everyone who shared yesterday. Our goal was $500 and we brought in $678, making our final total $3515! This is VERY good news for Layla. So from the bottom of our hearts, bless you for contributing and getting the word out and we'll be keeping you posted!

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Emily Heitzman posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #2

Hello everyone - Meet Paula Hincapie-Rendon, Layla's mother. And she's a fighter.

She's fought to keep herself, her mother, father, and uncle from being deported by ICE. She fights every day to provide a good, loving home to Layla and to everyone she loves. And today is her birthday!

So on this day, we're asking everyone to share the fundly link far and wide, and maybe consider making another contribution. We hope to get $500 in by the end of the day, and we know that if everyone shares on FB and Twitter and everywhere else, we can do it.

So thanks, again, for your continued support - and everyone wish Paula a happy birthday!

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Emily Heitzman posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #1

Hey friends :)

First of all - thank you VERY much for your generosity! We've only been up not quite four days and we have already raised enough for 2 months of Layla's tuition and fees. This is VERY good news.

But now we have a special ask to make.

We're looking for people to share our campaign all over social media - FB and Twitter especially - on Wednesday morning. We even have a sign up list for people who would like to get an email reminder from us on Tuesday.

So if this interests you, please, reply to this message, leave a comment saying "sign me up" so we can send the link to you in an email, and we'll go from there!

And thank you VERY much for helping. And keep sharing this link with friend!

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