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Freeland coffee shop raises $1K for African HIV/AIDS orphans

Lattés for Life organizer Laurel Johnson shows off a “Ben Franklin” $100 bill, part of the $1,045.70 she helped collect at a fundraiser at the 1504 Coffee Bar in Freeland on June 7. The money will help orphans in the African nation of Zimbabwe. - Photo courtesy of Laurel Johnson
Lattés for Life organizer Laurel Johnson shows off a “Ben Franklin” $100 bill, part of the $1,045.70 she helped collect at a fundraiser at the 1504 Coffee Bar in Freeland on June 7. The money will help orphans in the African nation of Zimbabwe.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Laurel Johnson

It looks like coffee and compassion go together as well as, well, coffee and cream.

A community event on June 7 to raise money for orphans in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe was an incredible success, said organizer Laurel Johnson.

All the proceeds from the day’s sales at the 1504 Coffee Bar in Freeland, including coffee and food, were donated to HopeFirst, along with all tips and donations.

“We raised $1,045.70 in sales, which will be hand-carried to Zimbabwe this November by the founder of the HopeFirst Foundation,” Johnson said.

The foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and fostering a sense of community, personal reflection and artistic discovery.

“All the money, 100 percent, will be used to help the Maulauna School for Orphans in Zimbabwe,” Johnson said.

“We haven’t decided yet exactly how the funds will be spent. It could be used for a much-need ed new water well, improved bathroom facilities, food or shelter,” she said.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped or contributed,” Johnson added. “I think it’s very important for people to know how much a difference they are going to make at this orphanage; $1,045.70 can go an amazingly long way in Zimbabwe right now and without this community’s support

I couldn’t have raised it.”

Anyone still wishing to donate can call Johnson at 360-632-4481 or visit www.hopefirst.org.

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