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Support IRIS and Cross-Off Your Holiday Gift List!

December 16, 2013

We’ve had a great year here at IRIS.  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary, concluded our 10th successful YES program in June, and welcomed our 11th year of YES students in August. As we gear up for 2014, plans are settling in.  We look forward to hosting a Community Connections group from Ukraine, spending time with our current YES students, and amping up our search for new host families for the 2014-2015 school year.

Throughout the year we’ve been raising $20,000 for our Alumni Seed Grant and Global Scholarship. Both equip IRIS program alumni with the tools to start educational and organizational projects in their communities. After the 20th Anniversary Celebration we’re just $2,800 shy of reaching our goal.  We would love to finish this year strong by reaching that goal.  Want to help? We’ve got a great way for you to get involved!

Starting today, our online store will run a Holiday Special. We’re offering all our auction items at 60% its value. In other words, our Photography Package, valued at $415, will be sold at $250!

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It’s an easy way to give the perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop for people on your holiday gift list. Our Photography Package offers a session with Jacquelyn’s Photography studios, perfect for family holiday cards or a gift for grandma!  Surprise the whole family with a day at the Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Playhouse, and Jethro’s BBQ by leaving our Family Day Package under your tree. We also have unique packages you can’t get anywhere else!  The Eclectic Outing Package includes Tanzanian wine, salted caramel fudge, wood-carved Chinese Checkers, and a Rwandan drum.  For the globetrotters in your life, our World Traveler Package provides a small tour of the world with an Asian silk scarf and purse and a Nigerian wallet, top, and tie.

Orders can be made on our online store.  All proceeds will fund our Alumni Seed Grant and Global Scholarship programs.

We appreciate everything that our corporate and personal donors have done for us, and we would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our heart.

IRIS couldn’t be the organization it is without you.  Thank you!

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