American Faces #91 - Profound Impact
American Faces No. 91
I've had the good fortune to see first-hand the impact Hollee Saville makes in the lives of others. I met Hollee at NorthRidge Fellowship church in Rogers, MN where her family attends. Hollee has a spring in her step, a sparkle in her eye and a note in her voice that radiates joy. She says her childhood years were tough. That, however, didn’t define her. In fact, I think it refined her. Hollee is a person who wants to make a difference in the world, whether through her Happee Hollee’s Preschool & Childcare, her service to her community or through the special program she founded called Project Pencils.
This American Faces story is focused on how Hollee has rallied a community of volunteers through Project Pencils to impact families and schools in Wright County, Minnesota. Hollee started Project Pencils in 2016, providing 48 backpacks filled with school supplies. This year, the project supplied over 650 backpacks filled with school supplies and meaningful educational necessities. Project Pencils also provides help where it is needed on a case-by-case basis. Hollee will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t do it alone. She has the full support of her husband and sons, as well as many other people who volunteer their time. The impact to students is profound. The “thank you” cards that Hollee receives speak to that impact. The cards share joyful words from kids saying how much the Hello Kitty or the Spider Man backpack means to them, or from the mom who shares the relief of not having to spend what little money she has on expensive school supplies.
Project Pencils delivers relief and joy to over 45 schools in Wright County. A trailer full of backpacks resides in Hollee’s driveway, filled with backpacks and supplies donated by people who want to join her in bringing blessing to people’s lives. The world is made better by many people working together to make a profound difference. Project Pencils is changing people’s lives. Hollee’s heart for serving her community was the key to opening the doors of opportunity for others to serve. As you read this maybe your heart is being stirred to join Hollee in her cause, or perhaps launch one of your own. Don’t wait to follow your heart. Just do it. You won’t regret it. Be a difference maker! Photos/Story by: Nielsen Studios (Project Pencils provided distribution photos)
Editing by: Scott Whitman