Elizabeth Agnello couldn’t help but get emotional. She had just received an unexpected check for $2,500 from a local who, despite not having an ill child of his own, believed in the mission of her Buffalo, NY-based non-profit, Brave Little Fighters (BLF), which aims to ease the heartache, uncertainty, and fears of children with life-threatening and terminal illnesses through carefree, free-of-charge outings with their families.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Agnello said, the pure joy clearly evidenced by the crack in her voice. “We are so reliant on the generosity of our community … it’s so wonderful that our community members feel as though they can be a part of contributing to [BLF] and making it grow as much as possible.”
In addition to the generosity of her community, who Agnello said welcomed her organization with “open arms,” Agnello credits the initial seed grant she received from The Pollination Project as a reason for BLF’s success. “We gained credibility as a result of the TPP grant, and in many ways, it’s responsible for the donations we’ve received since and the additional grants that we hope to come later.”
Focused on serving families in Buffalo’s close-knit community, BLF has also received media attention, including articles in The Buffalo News, the Bee and Sun newspapers, Sweet Buffalo, the Penfield Post, Spectrum News, and Totally Buffalo. The organization, which just received its seed funding from TPP last December, has already grown to service an incredible 125 families.