“Seeing the stars brought a sense of calmness in the storm.
They stood out among all the destruction.
They showed us the precious goodness in humanity.”
– Francesca, Hurricane Sandy Survivor

Stars of HOPE®

A simple idea that is changing the world.

Stars of HOPE is transforming the way people express compassion and connectivity following disasters.

Stars of HOPE® is a unique disaster relief and community arts program that empowers children (of all ages) to transform communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters through colorful art and messages of hope and healing.  We have empowered 40,000 volunteers including school children, families, seniors, first responders, veterans, active military, partner organizations, and entire communities to paint inspirational words, messages, and designs on 1-foot wooden stars. These Stars of HOPE are displayed in public places in communities worldwide in the immediate and long term aftermath of tragedy serving as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see.

Hope Box in Action

How to turn any tragedy into HOPE

Introducing Stars of HOPE® Box of HOPE

Hope Box Set

“The first time I saw some stars, I smiled. The second time, I stopped to read them. The next time, I found myself looking for them and excited to see new ones. That was the moment I realized your beautiful stars became my focus instead of the destruction that was once our beautiful life. Thank you for the beauty you are bringing back to us.”
Dana C., Hurricane Sandy survivor, Sheepshead Bay, NY

Home Stars Grid

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Each Star of HOPE is a work of art, each one, like a snowflake - unique. This star was made at Neuberger Berman in New York and was given to Laura, an amazing Ecuadorian woman who is working very hard to help the destroyed villages along the coast. She is helping to deliver stars to people who need to know that they are not forgotten. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is Maria. Her home was destroyed in the earthquake in Ecuador. Thank you to Amy from Builders Beyond Borders for bringing her hugs to Ecuador. Thanks to Refinery29 's Hildy Cano for making this Star of HOPE and Lucie Fink for making it happen. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sending big hugs to all our friends in Joplin, Missouri who today commemorate the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado. We are inspired by your resilience, your compassion, and your sense of community to rebuild and come back stronger. ... See MoreSee Less

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Joplin, Missouri is commemorating the fifth anniversary of the deadly tornado that forever changed their community and took the lives of 168 of its neighbors with a conference on disaster relief, recovery, and resilience. We had the privilege of helping the residents of Joplin paint over 3,600 Stars of HOPE on the weekend of September 11, 2011. It is wonderful to see this image as a backdrop to their important and inspiring conference. ... See MoreSee Less

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