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On Sept 9th 2015, the CEO of Ryder System Inc., Mr. Robert Sanchez, and Ryder FMS President, Mr. Dennis Cooke, came to visit Ray OBrien at his Ryder workplace truck shop (0567) located in Stoneham MA to congratulate him on being chosen as one of the Heroes of the Fortune 500 in 2015. During that visit, Ray had a nice talk with Mr. Sanchez about the work Children are Angels from Heaven has accomplished over the years and future projects and goals for an upcoming trip later in 2015 during Thanksgiving.
Mr. Sanchez was very interested to hear some of the stories and what Children are Angels from Heaven had done over the years to help poor children. He said, "Ray, you must be very proud of what you and all your donors have accomplished. We at Ryder know that you have worked hard every day for our company for over 31 years and yet you have found the time to extend yourself in such a big way to help so many people who are in need. I congratulate you and your followers at Children are Angels from Heaven."
Mr Sanchez handed Ray a very generous check that day and said that it could be spent on one of Angel's upcoming projects. Ray then explained that the year before he had visited Orissa India and he saw two local small schools where the children sat on the floor in the classroom as there were no desks or chairs for the students. Mr. Sanchez did not hesitate before saying, "Ray, letís look after those children ASAP." Ray shook his hand and thanked him.
Working with the Daughters of the Cross Sisters in Rourkela Orissa India, the project got underway very fast. The Sisters did an excellent job looking for heavy duty high tables and low benches for the two school classrooms. The Sisters needed everything to be very strong and durable to last a long time. The two places the new desks went to were St Joseph Primary School in Rourkela and to a small village school in Ghoghea, Orissa. When the new desks arrived at each school the teachers and students were so happy. The teachers arranged a song and dance program at St Josephs and the Sisters brought sweets for every child in both schools as well as photographs of the day. It was a very happy time for everyone. ďA day to always remember.Ē
Because of the Sisters watching how every penny was spent, it was determined that Children are Angels from Heaven still had a little left over funds from the original Ryder donation after the two schools had the new desks. The Sisters and Ray decided to extend the desk project to another very poor Day Care School called Sheetalpara in Rourkela, making the total number of schools where the desks were given to not just two, but to three! This was great news and again everyone was very happy. I could go on for hours of how well this project went and was so appreciated.
It was a wonderful gift for the children to sit at a desk and chair at school. Below you will see photos of each school with before and after photos, in this order: St.Joseph, Ghoghea, Sheetalpara. You would also find a thank you note from St.Joseph School to Ryder System Inc.
Many Thanks to Mr Sanchez and Ryder System Inc. for reaching out to help the children and becoming part of our Children are Angels from Heaven Family.


                                                St Joseph Primary School





                                                           Ghoghea Village School





                                                           Sheetalpara Day Care School







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