Children Receive iPads for Christmas from Community Foundation Grant

Hammet Hough Jennifer Long Laura Joiner and Harry George for Libby grant 1 12.12.13 FREDERICK, MD –December 18, 2013: Christmas day will be extra special for two foster children when they open their iPads. The gift was made possible through a grant from The Libby Hough Van Winkle Foster Children’s Fund. The fund is one of more than 640 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.


The fund was founded by Elizabeth “Libby” Hough Van Winkle’s parents, Hammet and Jeri Hough, to support the special and unique needs of children in foster care not met through traditional outlets, and to honor Libby’s memory and passion for foster care children. “I believe every child needs to have a chance to know that someone out there cares about them and their welfare,” said Mr. Hough. “My daughter, as a licensed foster care parent, was a fierce advocate not only for those under her direct care, but for those who are in the system that she was aware of and advocated for.”

The Frederick County Department of Social Services’ Holiday Gift Project supports foster children, needy families, vulnerable adults, and homebound senior citizens. The iPads will be used as tools for the children to enhance their learning and communication. Both children receiving the iPads are autistic and will benefit from the modern technology at home and school.

Research has shown that autistic children have made great progress in the classroom with the use of iPads to increase their communication skills, motivation and attention, as well as to enhance social interactions,” said Jennifer Long, Community Organizer at Frederick County Department of Social Services. “On behalf of everyone at the Department of Social Services, we are so grateful for this grant. Assisting two young children early with their learning will make an incredible difference to build their educational foundation.”

Those wishing to make a secure, online contribution to The Libby Hough Van Winkle Foster Children’s Fund may do so by clicking here. Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Charitable memorial funds are one of the many ways The Community Foundation of Frederick County helps individuals, families, and organizations honor the memory of deceased loved ones by continuing to positively impact lives through grants and scholarships. For more information call 301.695.7660.

Photo caption: (left to right) Fund Representative, Hammet W. Hough; Frederick County Department of Social Services Community Organizer, Jennifer Long; Frederick County Department of Social Services Foster Care Social Worker, Laura Joiner; Community Foundation Trustee, Harry George, III.

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