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Hunter Frey in Bangui, C.A.R. with area orphans.

Five years ago, after receiving an email from a family friend regarding his trip to the Central African Republic and delivering gifts to only sponsored orphans, Hunter's heart was broken and Hunter's Hope was begun.

Starting out by seeking donations of gently used Beanie Babies, Hot Wheels and Smarties candy, his efforts first provided for orphans in Bangui, Central African Republic. In 2008, Hunter loaded up 15 trunks of gifts and went to Bangui, C.A.R., working with over 500 orphans. Since Hunter was not able to bring a brother or sister home through adoption, he sponsors two brothers and one sister who live in Bangui and also raised the funds needed to provide lifesaving heart surgery for the oldest brother.

Through partnerships with missionaries, the gifts have reached C.A.R., Uganda, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Philippines, Russia, El Salvador and Ecuador, to name a few. Hunter's latest partnership is with the U.S. Army: Operation Enduring Freedom, providing the gifts for the soldiers to give to the needy children of Afghanistan.

In 2010, Hunter became aware that there were homeless and needy children right in his own community. So Hunter added Grace Clinic, Family Promise of Delaware County and Common Ground Free Store to his ministry outreach. Hunter provided gifts for the children through both of these organizations and in November held a Christmas for Orphans and Needy Children fundraiser and split those funds between Integrated Community Development International, Family Promise and Common Ground. He tries to hold two or three fundraisers per year to educate and raise funds for meeting the children's' needs. Hunter also has provided food to those he finds out have none.

Nominated by Robin Frey

Hunter's mother