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This May, Christine’s Hope for Kids sought nominations for their latest “Christine’s Hero,” a student who embodies what Christine, the organization’s namesake, was all about: being kind to others, creating happiness and fun for everyone she knew, and serving and assisting others who are less fortunate.

After reviewing all the capable candidates, Christine’s Hope for Kids is pleased to announce the latest Christine’s Hero, Hannah Lee, from Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

Hannah’s commitment to supporting others is noteworthy. Since 2010, Hannah has volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, preparing meals for local homeless families.  Each week, she also offers a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on at Good Grief, a peer support bereavement center.  Over the past few years, she has donated her time with the Appalachian Service Project, rebuilding homes for the poor. Currently, Hannah serves as president of Mosaic, an organization committed to broadening awareness of the differences and similarities that exist among students at her high school.

Hannah is a self-motivated rising senior at Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey where she has been recognized for an array of scholastic, musical and athletic achievements.  This includes induction in the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honor Society, participation in the school choir and musicals, and involvement in travel softball and soccer.

Jean Gianacaci, co-founder of Christine’s Hope for Kids, stated, “We are proud to have Hannah Lee as our newest Christine’s Hero.  Kids that give unselfishly of their time to help others often go unrecognized.  That is why this award is so important to our Foundation.”

The Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation was created to continue the legacy and generous spirit of Christine Gianacaci, and her desire to help underprivileged children have an opportunity for a better life. In January of 2010, 22-year old Christine Gianacaci of Hopewell Township, New Jersey, and several of her classmates from Lynn University, traveled to Haiti on a mission of hope; to help children and to feed the poor.  When a massive earthquake struck on January 12th, the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince collapsed and Christine, along with 3 other students and two professors, were killed.

Ordinary people who do extraordinary things – that’s what Christine was all about, and that’s what Christine’s Heroes is all about.

Interested in nominating someone you think deserves to be a Christine’s Hero?  Please click here to complete the online nomination form!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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