Karen and Emily Blagg’s Fundraising Page
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Karen and Emily Blagg’s Fundraising Page

Dear Family and Friends,

In just a few months, my mom, my daughter, and I will be traveling to Haiti together with this incredible organization. Our mission includes building a house for a Haitian family and spending time with the children in Brit’s Orphanage (please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to read Brit's story). 

We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to make this trip together and we truly appreciate your generosity and willingness to help make this happen. Thank you for your support!

With Gratitude,

Karen and Emily

ABOUT Britsionary Program2

Donations support one of the following:

Britsionarys in need of financial support:

Britsionarys who cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, can use our pages to ask family and friends for financial support. Donations help to cover the cost of the Britsionary's trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until they have reached their total amount due for their trip. Once they have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Fundraising for the children at BLB:

Britsionarys who are paying for the entire trip themselves, can choose to fundraise for the children at Brit's Home and support our mission. All donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Any donations/payments raised over the total amount due for the Britsionary's trip, will go to Brit's Home to support the children who live there.


What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel. Britsionarys travel to Haiti and work side-by-side with Haitian workers and interact with the children at BLB - to achieve a common goal - to fulfill Britney's last wish to help the children of Haiti.

Our Britsionarys have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills yet they are able to work together to help bring hope to the children of  Brit's Home. In our past trips, we have had students, nurses, social workers, teachers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters - and everyone has played an essential role in building Brit's Home and making our children feel deserving of love. We have also been blessed to have skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians donate their time and teach their Haitian counterparts their skills and techniques. 

Our Britsionary Program was created to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a better understanding of global partnerships and cultures. Short-term Britsionary groups take a 1 week service trip to Brit's Home in Haiti, to help with youth and community outreach projects and immerse themselves in the beautiful Haitian culture. This program gives young adults an opportunity to enhance their understanding of poverty and development while also broadening their global perspective. For non-medical Britsionarys, the mornings are spent building a home for a family in need in our community, and the afternoons are spent doing programatic activities with the children (field trips, coloring, games, learning activities, etc.). For medical Britsionarys, the mornings and some afternoons are spent working in the BLB or local public clinic, and the remaining time is spent with the children and the Britsionary group.


About Be Like Brit

In many ways, Britney Gengel of Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered.

Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read:

“They love us so much and everyone is so happy. 
They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.”
- Britney Gengel, 3 hours before the earthquake

These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of Be Like Brit and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. 

Our Mission: Our commitment is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti and sustaining a safe, nurturing home, rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, while developing a sense of social responsiblity, community involvement, and unconditional love.
Our Vision: To raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.

Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc. is an official U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID #27-1857525.

Name Date Amount Comments
Dennis Conway 05/29/2019 $250.00 You always help people big and small with your strength and kindness! Love Dennis and Debbie
Peggy Gump 04/09/2019 $50.00 Such a worthy cause!! Blessings to you all
Karen Blagg 04/07/2019 $100.00 Thank you Grampy Woelfel!!
Karen Blagg 04/07/2019 $20.00 Thank you Dussaults!!
Laura Shine 04/05/2019 $100.00 So proud of you Emily that you and your mom and friends are going to Haiti and going to make a big difference in people's lives.
Jennifer Cataldo 03/19/2019 $20.00 Best wishes for your work towards a great cause
Lindsey Day 03/18/2019 $20.00 Good luck ladies!! What an amazing cause!
Sharon DeChiara 03/12/2019 $50.00 Emily and Karen Blagg. So proud of the work you will be doing for this very worthwhile cause. So rewarding to pay it forward.
Meg Murphy Williams 03/12/2019 $50.00 Good for you girls!! You rock!
Carolyn M Casey 03/11/2019 $50.00 Deeply inspired by your family & you! And, so very grateful you're serving with our Service Hero Cherylann! I can't wait to hear every detail of your remarkable service journey!
Linda Jowett 03/08/2019 $100.00 You are so brave, generous and amazing!!
Ann Swierzbin 02/21/2019 $50.00  
Jack Day 02/19/2019 $200.00 Thanks for doing great work for a worthy cause!!
Jennifer Wissler 02/16/2019 $50.00 Love you!
Beth Haywood 02/14/2019 $100.00 This is amazing! We hope you have a great experience.
Karen Blagg 02/14/2019 $100.00 Donation from Mike Woelfel- thanks Dad!
Jack McWillaim 02/12/2019 $25.00  
Patricia Roberts 02/09/2019 $100.00  
Mark DeChiara 02/04/2019 $50.00 Good luck on the adventure, thank you guys for giving your time to help those in need!
Rob Blagg 02/04/2019 $50.00 Great Project
Pamela Marhan 02/01/2019 $300.00 Wonderful project, hope all goes well to help Haitian orphans
Joan Murphy 02/01/2019 $50.00 What a wonderful opportunity for you, your daughter and your mother! Many blessings to all of you.
Abbey Dick 02/01/2019 $25.00 Best wishes on this trip!
Roberta Woelfel 02/01/2019 $100.00 What a great experience for you all.
Kelli Woelfel 01/31/2019 $100.00  
Becky Kobrenski 01/31/2019 $100.00  
Laurie Kelly 01/31/2019 $100.00 Love you!
Jane Woelfel 01/31/2019 $25.00 Best of luck and love to Pam, Karen and Emily, Steve and Jane
Jenny Day 01/31/2019 $20.00  
Kaitlyn Coakley 01/31/2019 $50.00 This organization is amazing and made possible by people like you three! Best of luck!
Meredith Wiech 01/31/2019 $100.00 So proud of all of you..making a difference in the lives of so many.All the best to you three and all the lives you touch. Love Lee and Greg
Karen Blagg 01/30/2019 $1,000.00 Donations made by Chelmsford High Staff - thank you!!!
Jen Orsini 01/30/2019 $50.00 I’m so excited for you, Emily, and your Mom, Karen! Have a wonderful trip; you are doing amazing work!
Beth Prajzner 01/30/2019 $100.00 You and Em will be such a light to these families! You already are to all of us who get to know you! To two amazing women!! Love Beth Chris, Zack & Chloe
Anonymous Friend 01/30/2019 $100.00  
Linda Jowett 01/29/2019 $100.00  
Sam Carpenito 01/29/2019 $20.00  
Karen Blagg 01/15/2019 $100.00  
Emily J Blagg 01/15/2019 $100.00  
  Total $4,075.00  
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