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#GivingTuesday – December 1, 2015

Hannah & Friends will be joining ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ hoping to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season and to inspire action around charitable giving. On December 1, 2015 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving with purpose. This #GivingTuesday we ask for you to support Hannah & Friends. Stay tuned for more information!

If you would like to learn more about #GivingTuesday, please click here.

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Hannah & Friends Celebrates 6th Anniversary of First Residents

By WNDU Staff Kasey Chronis

Hannah & Friends celebrated its sixth anniversary Tuesday since its first residents moved into the neighborhood. The nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. In September 2009 the organization’s first four residents moved into the 40-acre community in South Bend. Balloons were released Tuesday afternoon to celebrate. Hannah & Friends aims to create a fun, safe and nurturing environment for kids and adults to grow.

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Hundreds take strides in support for Hannah and Friends

By NewsCenter 16 Staff

St. Joseph County – Hundreds spent Saturday morning taking steps to better the lives of those living in our community.

Those participating in the Hannah and Friends 5K and Fun Walk hope their efforts this morning will help take the ‘dis’ out of disabilities.

Former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, and his wife Maura created the Hannah and Friends charity and living community.

“We wrote the idea on a napkin when we were down in South Carolina in 2003,” said Charlie Weis.

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Car Show Raised $7,500 for “Hannah & Friends”

By NewsCenter 16 Staff

A classic car show that was held today raised $7,500 to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

Van Horne Jewelers in Granger hosted the “Fathers for Hannah and Friends Cruise-In” this afternoon.

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Dress Drive Helps Women be the Belles of the Ball

By Lisa Kochanowski in Today’s Catholic

SOUTH BEND — “I got involved with the dress drive because I wanted to help the girls feel special. Just as we feel special when we go to prom or midwinter, I wanted to help give them a special day, just as we have our own,” said Saint Joseph High School student Rita Pillai, co-organizer of a Dress Drive recently held at the school.

Students Rita Pillari and Lexi Harmacinski have been collecting dresses for Hannah’s Belles, a project to collect and distribute dresses to girls and women with different abilities for Hannah and Friends.

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Nonprofit grows organic greens, employs autistic adults

By Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND – January isn’t normally part of the planting season in northern Indiana, but Green Bridge Growers was seeding a crop of Swiss chard last month.

Despite single-digit temperatures outside, the air inside the organization’s greenhouse at Hannah & Friends was a relatively comfortable 55 degrees.

Matt Coleman deposited seeds for germination into a bed of moist rockwool. Brandon Hudson sprinkled a few pinches of fish food into a 100-gallon tank for koi that will help fertilize the seeds and turn them into leafy greens.

Those seed beds will float on foam boards on top of the nutrient-rich water. The plants will grow and, in turn, purify the water. Then the cycle will start all over again.

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