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BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                      December 2011

In This Issue
Become a BH Volunteer
Your Gift Can Do So Much
Operation Donkey Delivery
Consider a Gift to BraveHearts
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Volunteer for BH!

BraveHearts is always in need of volunteers. If you or someone you know are interested, please
to register for a volunteer training.

January 25th 
Volunteer Training
Harvard, IL

February 29th
Volunteer Training
Poplar Grove, IL

March 28th
Volunteer Training
Harvard, IL

Contact us for details.

Your Gift Can do so Much:     


$100 helps feed our therapy horses for 1 week.


$250 helps us purchase educational tools and equipment.


$500 funds a volunteer recognition event.


$1,000 funds 1 student's scholarship for 1 year.


$2,500 funds a retreat for 5 people to experience the healing power of the horse.


$5,000 funds 1 year of basic care for a therapy horse.


$7,500 funds a boot camp for 50 participants of veterans and their families.


$10,000 funds a 14-week therapeutic program for 4 students.


$25,000 funds a 7-week therapeutic program for 20 students.


A gift of any size matters!


Please visit our website or click here to make a donation. 


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Please tell 10 friends about GoodShop, GoodSearch and GoodDining today.

They've been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, O, the Oprah Magazine and more.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of HeartLine, BraveHearts' monthly e-newsletter. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who may be interested in the programs and services of BraveHearts by using the "Forward email" option at the bottom of the page.
Operation Donkey Delivery
A huge surprise arrived at the BraveHearts Farm in Harvard Donkey 1on December 22, red bows and all!      


Most appropriately at this time of year, a gift of kindness to enhance our programs in the form of two miniature donkeys named Maria and Pitty Pat. They were donated to us by a wonderful couple, Kathy and Larry Van Epps, owners and breeders from Fleur de Lys Farms in Verona, WI. In addition, a special "donkey house" was constructed for them and is also part of their most generous donation. 


A quote from Kathy Van Epps sums it up best...
"We are hoping that Maria and Pitty can make a difference in the lives of special people.  They would be so good at their jobs!!  And selfishly, we could then feel that we are contributing to something good in this world too!!" 
BraveHearts plans to incorporate the donkeys into our programs to help students with:
  • Grooming skills
  • Leading skills
  • Enhancing social skills and self-esteem
  • Helping participants to identify feelings and self-awareness 
The donkeys can also be helpful with summer camps, retreats, and working with children, people in wheelchairs and veterans. Because of their size, miniature donkeys can
Marge & Rolf & Donkeys
Dr. & Mrs. Rolf Gunnar welcome the new donkeys. 
participate in outreach programs to schools and VA hospitals. And they will be wonderful BraveHearts mascots!

Needless to say, all of us welcome both Maria and Pitty Pat to our BraveHearts family and will make them feel much loved and at home in no time!
Consider a Gift to BraveHearts
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Our programs are sustained by the annual support from hundreds of generous individuals like you. It is a simple equation - your gift provides a child or veteran with chronic or life-threatening diagnoses or illnesses the opportunity to reach for the stars.

As you plan your year-end, tax-deductible giving, we hope you will consider a gift to BraveHearts.

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Click here
to make a donation.

If you have already made a gift, please accept our thanks and gratitude.

With best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
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All We Want for Christmas...

BraveHearts' Wish List

2 new computer monitors
1 new lap top
1 new shop vacuum
1 children's western saddle
Sure Hands Parts ($877.32)
2 HeartSine Samaritan AEDs ($1,595 each)
SureHands Body Support ($1,567.93)
Western saddle with short stirrups
2 new large flat manure forks
Adult large English peacock stirrups
Craftsman 100-piece socket set
Dewalt 30-40 gallon air compressor
Pliers set  
Metric and standard wrenches

Arena treatment tools:
    Bean bags
    Three barrels

Equine First Aid:
    Flexible wrap (Vet wrap or Co-flex)   
    Antiseptic wound cleaner (Iodine or Betadine)   
    Antibiotic ointment
       (triple antibiotic, Neosporin or bacitracin)  
    Isopropyl Alcohol (for sterilizing)   
    Clean wash cloths and bath towels
    Metal bowl  
    Epsom salts  
       (sharp with blunt end for cutting bandages)  
    Stable and polo wraps  
    Sheet or rolled cotton to use under stable wraps  
    Duct tape
    Cling wrap  
    Single use ice packs  
    Hoof pick  
    Flashlight with extra batteries  
    6' diameter PVC tubing

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