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Wellsville: Great opportunity to help a local family’s mission to support Kenyan orphans


The Reagans will travel to Rehema Home in late April

Donations accepted at the Wellsville YMCA until April 18

Over the past few years, the Wellsville community has had several points of connection with East Africa.  In 2022, our community rallied together to send 255 pair of new shoes and countless pair of socks and underwear to Rehema Home, a children’s home in Kenya.  Then, later that year, community members and businesses in Wellsville partnered with kids of Immaculate Conception School to raise $7,200 to sponsor TWO water collection and filtration systems for schools in Uganda.  We may be a small community, but the generous hearts of those who call Wellsville home have a long reach across the world.

Rehema Home was birthed in the wake of the HIV crisis of the 80s and 90s, when many children were abandoned and orphaned.  Although the HIV crisis has lessened, illness and poverty continue to leave children without a home or family.  Rehema Home has become family to well over 100 children in the 25 years since it’s opening.  There are babies, toddlers, school-aged children, teenagers and young adults who belong to the Rehema family.  Every single one of them is raised as a son or daughter and knows that God loves them.  And now, Wellsville, we  have a chance to help build this big, beautiful family up.

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A local family will be traveling at the end of April to visit this home.  Shaye Reagan, along with her husband, Devon, and their two children hope to take items that are needed and are prohibitively expensive to purchase in Kenya.  This includes boys shirts and shorts (elastic waist is fine), underwear and socks (more boys than girls), crock shoes and backpacks.  (Yes, the home does have many more boys than girls.). 

Please consider being part, once again, of the generous and long reach of Wellsville to East Africa.  All donations are needed by April 18th and can be dropped off in the entrance to the Wellsville YMCA. 

You can learn more at or contact Shaye at

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