Communities With Hope

Mena, AR

2010 In April 2009, Mena, Arkansas—a city of approximately 5,000 residents—was hit by an EF-3 tornado, which killed 3 and injured 30.  The Vincent Family and other New York Says Thank You volunteers traveled to Mena in December 2009 to paint 400 Stars of HOPE with students at Louis Durham Elementary School and the Mena […]

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Little Sioux, IA

2009 In June 2008, the Little Sioux Scout Ranch, Iowa, was hit by a EF-3 tornado and four young Boy Scouts were killed. In conjunction with the 2009 New York Says Thank You annual 9/11 Anniversary build project, a Stars of HOPE event was held at the Scout Ranch.  300 Stars of HOPE were cut, […]

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Galveston, TX

2008 Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, Stars of HOPE traveled to Galveston, Texas, in 2008 to empower 450 elementary school students at Rosenberg Elementary. The Vincent Family, along with teachers and students from Greensburg, Kansas, and a school teacher and students from Pennsylvania, worked together to cut, sand and base-paint 475 Stars of […]

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Greensburg, KS

2007 The first pay-it-forward project was simple: Empowering 220 children in Greensburg, Kansas to bring hope and color back to their tornado ravaged town by painting inspirational words, messages, and designs on 1 foot wooden stars. These stars were then planted on every street corner of Greensburg, a town 95% destroyed by an E-F5 tornado. […]

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2009 In April 2009, Mena, Arkansas—a city of approximately 5,000 residents—was hit by an EF-3 tornado, which killed 3 and injured 30.  The Vincent Family and other New York Says Thank You volunteers traveled to Mena in December 2009 to paint 400 Stars of HOPE with students at Louis Durham Elementary School and the Mena […]

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