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Links for Dec. 5 Times: Holiday Hopes



Holiday Hopes profiles people in need and their wishes this holiday season.

In the first profile, Jacqueline Ventura, 14, is approaching that special birthday in her culture when a girl becomes a senorita. She would like a pink dress and a cake so she can feel like any other quinceanera.To give, contact Cindy Mendez of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services at (813) 987-6700, ext. 119.

Second profile: Roseline Hester, 28, escaped violence in Haiti as a child. And then, she escaped an abusive husband, with her infant, and not much else. While homeless, she gained legal immigration status and studied to become a nurse. She now has an apartment, and a loving fiance. On Dec. 12, she graduates. And the following day, she will get married.

Rose's wish is to have a wedding reception to celebrate the new chapter in her life. She'd like a venue, refreshments to provide her guests and a photographer to document it all. And maybe even a small honeymoon.

To help, contact Ana Mendez at Metropolitan Ministries, [email protected] or (813) 209-1264.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:46pm]


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