Hippies For Hope Brings Smiles To Rehab Patients

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A local teen has made it his mission to bring smiles and spread hope to those who could use some cheer.

At a recent Bingo game, patients at Glen Cove Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit took a trip back to the 1960s, thanks to the Locust Valley chapter of Hippies for Hope. About 30 smiling patients, family members and staff received a one-of-a-kind, colorful tie dyed tee shirt from the charitable organization.

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Christian Barakat shares tie dyed tee shirts with Susan Sherron-Schulz (second from left) and her daughter and grandchildren.

Hippies for Hope is a grassroots organization working to better the education of girls in Africa, and at the same time, bring hope and good cheer to children and adults in hospitals. The chapter’s founder, Christian Barakat, an incoming senior at Friends Academy who lives in Muttontown, sells tie dyed shirts, many of which are created in bulk in his backyard, at local festivals and fairs. The funds raised are donated to two schools in Tanzania and the other half of the sales buy shirts to give to hospitals. The group’s motto: “wear a shirt, give a smile, spread hope” certainly shined through at Glen Cove’s Rehab Unit.

Barakat plans on selling t-shirts at the Sea Cliff Mini Mart and at the Locust Valley Harvest Festival this fall and they can also be purchased online.

Visit www.hippiesforhope.com and www.hippiesforhopelocustvalley.com.

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