H.A.L.O. was founded in 2007 by Fran Storper and her granddaughter, Samantha Joseph, when she was 9 years old.

Her grandmother wanted her to learn about the joy of giving and recognized that Samantha was a very compassionate young person. Their idea was to have a charity for and about children because they both love little ones. With the help of Samantha's father, Seth Joseph, H.A.L.O. was able to incorporate in 2008 and became a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, public charity.

Because Seth has always done work in Haiti, Fran and Samantha were very aware of the needs of the children in our neighbor to the south. They particularly wanted to help the babies who were starving or malnourished and had heard about a nutritionally, fortified, peanut based food that brings starving babies back to life in just two weeks at a cost of only $63.75 per baby. Around the world this is known as Plumpynut, but in Haiti, this special food is called Medika Mamba.

Fran and Samantha decided to raise money to save as many babies’ lives as possible so they teamed up with a pediatrician, Pat Wolff, from St Louis, Missouri, who spends half of her time in Haiti. Dr. Wolff is equally committed to saving the lives of these babies. She has been to Florida many times and joined us in our H.A.L.O. meetings, teaching us that babies who are malnourished in the first two years of life, never are able to recover as they suffer from irreversible brain damage.

Dr. Wolff has now made it her goal to build a factory in Haiti to produce Medika Mamba. The Haitians are now growing their own peanuts and processing them. This is a venture, not only to save the babies, but to bring a new industry to Haiti, creating jobs and providing steady income to Haitians in addition to producing more Medika Mamba at a lower cost.

H.A.L.O. also wanted to help the children in the Community Partnership for the Homeless in Homestead, Florida. Initially, H.A.L.O. collected new toys to the center to make sure that each child who comes to the center gets a toy on their first day there. We hoped that would ease their transition into a homeless center. We now know that over 1000 children go through the Homestead center in a year and the numbers are growing in this difficult economy. We still bring toys, but with the growing needs, we also provide school uniforms, school supplies, baby clothes and books.

We have also helped other children through contributions to other worthy charities such as JAFCO and St. Judes Childrens’ Hospital. As the needs grow so do our goals of helping as many children as we can.

To date, all of our administrative costs have been underwritten by the founders of the charity. This means that 100% of contributions go directly to the children in need. Also, because we are a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, public charity, gifts made to us may be tax deductible.

Please help us with your contribution to help children in need.

H.A.L.O. 9275 SW 152 St. Miami Fl. 33157 TEL: 305 9266614 Email: fstorps@gmail.com