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Cigars For Hope

Cigarmakers and their customers have a warm heart for the needy
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Jimmy Smits, May/June 2005

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On opening day, the students were given new uniforms and new shoes, and took part in a grand opening ceremony. The children were asked to march at the ceremony, but resisted at first. Many explained it was the first time they had a pair of new shoes, and they didn't want to harm them.

After the Cigar Family school is over one day, a yellow bus provided by the charity stops, and happy children run out, the sun nearly dipping beneath the mountains on the horizon. The children smile and laugh, heading toward their homes.

They are the lucky ones. For now, the school is full. For the little boy in his village with the old eyes, hope will have to wait at least one more year.

The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation
The World of Montecristo Relief Organization
Liberty Communication Homeless Housing Community Services

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