Dear friends, I know many of you have been wondering where in the world I am, and I promised updates when things settled a bit. Well, "settled" is no

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Taking travel hoops from Hoola Monsters to Haiti

Dear friends,

I know many of you have been wondering where in the world I am, and I promised updates when things settled a bit. Well, "settled" is not really an adjective that describes me very well, but I do have to say I am very much at peace and excited about the doors God is opening through Hoola for Happiness.

Since I left my job July 29:
The last three months have been very exciting! God has provided each step of the way.
* Went to Open Door Haiti orphanage in Cape Haitian with Feeding Children Everywhere to take hoops
* Designed new H4H website:
* Took 20 gospel hoops to Brazil to perform with Projeto Vida bus ministry in schools and villages
* Received our official 501(c)3 status last week!

We have some wonderful partners:
Feeding Children Everywhere
Hoola Monsters
Chris Cervellera, Swerve Communications
David M. King, CPA, P.A.
Brent Britton, Gray Robinson
H4H Ambassadors: Kara Teresi, Lauren Ballard, Sera Manubens, Mandy Cloninger

What's up Next?

10/29: Speaking to college entrepreneurship students at a conference in Dallas this weekend about taking a leap of faith to start a nonprofit, cause marketing and social entrepreneurship
11/6: Speaking at South Tampa Fellowship's missions conference
11/5, 6 & 8: Hooping and volunteering at Feeding Children Everywhere's food packing events in Tampa (The Crossing Church and Kforce)
11-11-11: World Hoop Day
12/6: Taking hoops to Dubai to Nigerian women's leadership conference with bestselling author Fawn Germer
12/10: Taking hoops to India to Centre for Social Research working with women and children
Christmas in Haiti at the Happy House, Petit Goave!!!!
Planning our first "H4H JOY trip" in 2012 (Haiti or Brazil, or both!)

I would love to update you in person when I am in town. You can always email me at or call me at (770) 851-0546. Thank you for your prayers, your support and your encouragement!

In Christ's Abundant JOY,
Carissa Caricato

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. -II Timothy 1:7


In the News


11-11-11: World Hoop Day

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Join Hoola for Happiness all day in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa as we hoop for fun, joy and laughter! Hoops will be available, but bring as many as you can! Let's fill the park with hundreds of hoopers!!!

Click here for event details on Facebook

This will be the first day the ice-skating rink will be open, so the park will be filled with lots of families and fun! It is Veteran's Day so we will have red, white and blue hoops :) New H4H t-shirts will be available for sale.

A Love Riot (flash mob with hoola hoops) will be coordinated at some point throughout the day to raise awareness about Human Trafficking.


Hoopnotica sales to benefit Hoola for Happiness

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Hooping in Kenya at Brooks School

If you are in the market for a new hoop or travel hoop, you can buy one and benefit Hoola for Happiness!

Makes an awesome birthday present, Christmas gift, splurge or workout prop :)

Click this link so we can get more hoops to take to kids around the world!


Carissa and Mandy at Metropolitan Ministries, Tampa

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