This story of inspiration began in 2012 when Lia Haile was nine years old at the time she wanted to make a difference in the world. Children are of the innocence in which we lose most of it due to the pressures of this world. Lia brought presents to Hope House from the donations she received from the neighborhood.
A three-year-old boy who was at the Hope House thought the gifts were all for him as he was celebrating his birthday party. The thought had not crossed Lia’s mind as she dropped off the donations but realized another way she may be able to help. A massive number of questions came from Lia as she asked about birthday parties to the director of the Manitowoc homeless shelter.
On the way home, Lia’s mom, Tania, told the local press, “The idea of doing birthday parties at Hope House was already forming in her mind on the car ride home.” When Lia met the three-year-old boy, he was wearing a “Thomas the Tank Engine” t-shirt, one blue sock, and blue shorts.
Lia said she was going to throw the little boy a blue themed birthday party and asked her mother for help. They went to the store and brought a cake, balloons, and a gift for the little lad’s birthday and gave him a small party.
This was the first day of Lia Haile’s nonprofit group named Hopeful Hearts Club. It started that day throwing birthday parties for the less fortunate children who stayed at the Hope House. At no cost to the families, the child who has a birthday gets a gift, cake, and a themed party.
All of this was started with Lia and her mother with two of Lia’s friends. Today, there are over 1,000members who make up Lia’s project. Club members are not just from the neighborhood. Amazingly, this nine-year-old girl in 2012, started a group which today has members from Los Angeles to New York, San Antonio, Australia, Canada, and Italy.
Lia is learning sign language and Spanish to tailor to every child’s needs. The nonprofit group receives more than enough donations to cover for other exciting events. They do collection drives, family activities, holiday meals, Valentine’s Day parties, summer picnics, and Halloween parties. This year, Lia is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. There have been so many people who have come forward, meals will be provided to The Haven of Manitowac County.
The world can seem a dark place at times when the young generation is caught up on video games, and cell phones. Then there are the sideshow children like Greta Thunberg who pretend they are doing something great, but most are for the publicity and end up being the Democrat’s puppets for their socialist agendas. Many of these stories, like Lia Haile, never see the light of day.
Lia Haile goes to Lincoln High School and is a sophomore. She has received several accommodations for her marvelous idea and generosity. Some of the awards and recognitions Lia received were being picked to join in on “The Future of Good” program. She was in New York to ring the bell for the stock exchange and won a grant for $10,000 from the sponsor, U.S. Cellular.
Lia was on the “Rachael Ray Show” and was inside the “People” magazine. She has even received a key to the city where Mayor Justin Nickels presented it to her on the Volunteer Walk of Fame.
Lia has done so much in so little time, but her good deeds do not end. They are growing, and she is making more nonprofit groups. Two years ago, she started a group called Backpack Buddies with three of her friends. The backpacks include shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toys, stuffed animals, and books.
Her enthusiasm grows on others and makes her spirit contagious. Lia’s mom Tania also told reporters, “I have to say Manitowoc is very good that way. As a mom, I’m very appreciative of how supportive everyone has been, they’re always willing to help. From city government to local businesses to other nonprofits, to Lia’s teachers. Everyone just kind of rallying around her ideas.”
Lia’s philosophy is, “If you see a need, try to fill it. Even if it’s just a kid, who doesn’t have anyone to sit with at lunch, go sit with them. If you see someone who maybe is having a bad day, go and talk to them or offer them a smile. It’s the little things like that.”