While monetary donations are always appreciated, contributions can come in many different forms. Recently, Hope Haven Horse Farm received one such gift.
Mike Eaton of Danville donated 100 large round bales of first cutting spring hay to the farm. Eaton's employees loaded, delivered and unloaded all 100 bales.
"Hope Haven is so grateful to Mr. Eaton for his generous gift," said Christina Menke, Hope Haven's executive director. "The economic downturn has taken its toll on Hope Haven as well as many other non-profits in our area. At this time, Hope Haven continues to operate, although on a more limited basis than usual.
"We are preparing our therapeutic riding clients for their competition at the Special Olympic Equestrian Event in September," Menke continued. "Hopefully 25 clients will be able to attend that event."
Hope Haven is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting growth, learning, hope and opportunities for at-risk youth and special needs residents in Hendricks, Putnam and surrounding counties.
They use innovative and responsive equine therapy techniques, both on and off the horse. Hope Haven works to improve the confidence, self-esteem and physical mobility of the people they serve.
Hope Haven is partially funded through the United Way of Putnam County and an endowment at the Putnam County Community Foundation, but also depends heavily on the generosity of other supporters.
"Mr. Eaton's gift certainly will help us to continue working with our special needs clients," Menke said. "Hope Haven thanks Mr. Eaton from the bottom of our hearts."