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In Memory of Ann Arnold

With deep sadness, the NPH family mourns the loss of a faithful servant and mentor, Ann Arnold. She passed away on November 18, 2019, at the age 97.

Many organizations have a tough time finding people who are able to volunteer more than a few hours a week. Imagine having a volunteer who has given 40-plus hours per week for over 50 years raising millions of dollars. This is the story of Ann Arnold, a remarkable volunteer for Nuestros Pequeño Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) formerly known as Friends of the Orphans.

Ann was very familiar with NPH Mexico while working at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, for the Office of the Legal Attaché (FBI). Ann first became acquainted with our founder, Father William B. Wasson, during visits to Cuernavaca. Ann volunteered at the NPH Mexico home on weekends for 27 years. She would type correspondence for Fr. Wasson on weekends and in her free time she gathered much needed supplies and medicines. Ann was a frequent visitor at the NPH Miacatlán home. She loved to load a swarm of pequeños into her big yellow Ford convertible and drive them around the property.

For those of you not acquainted with Ann, she started Minnesota Friends of the Orphans with her sister Rose Schaffhausen. When Ann retired from Mexico she volunteered over 20 years serving in various positions including accountant, sponsorship coordinator, business manager and fundraiser extraordinaire!

Ann has been wheel chair bound for several years living at Little Sisters of the Poor in St. Paul. She slowed down with age but always kept NPH close to her heart. For you who have not seen Ann recently her last big, feisty appearance was at the NPH Gala in St. Paul, MN, October 6, 2019 marking the 65th Anniversary of NPH and honoring her sister Rose Schaffhausen’s tremendous contributions to NPH.

Read Ann’s obituary here.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Little Canada
380 Little Canada Rd. E
Little Canada, MN 55117

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
11:00 a.m.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Little Canada
380 Little Canada Rd. E
Little Canada, MN 55117

Memorials to honor Ann’s life and her amazing volunteer work to support Fr. Wasson’s kids can be sent to NPH USA, 1400 Van Buren Street NE, Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55413, or made securely below.

In 2015, Ann was awarded the Rose Shaffhausen Award for her tireless work to support the NPH homes. View her tribute video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB1y85QfTAI

NPH Dominican RepublicNPH USA transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, healthcare and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). Together, we help children overcome poverty and become leaders in their own communities.

Donations to NPH USA, Federal Tax ID # 65-1229309, are tax-deductible as provided by law and help provide nutritious food, clothing, loving homes, health care and quality education to thousands of children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

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