New Book by Local Author Spreads Message of Hope to Children

While on extended bed rest with her second set of twins, Kelley Osborne Faust of Ocean City had plenty of time to think. It was a trying time. But a strong determination to meet her challenges and support of family and friends pulled her through.

“I realized that facing these challenges, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or deal with the accompanying pain,” she said. “Fortunately I learned from the challenges and moved on. I found that sharing my experiences with others made me realize that I was not alone. It made the load lighter and easier to handle.”

Kelley was so inspired that in 2007, while a resident of Ocean City, she founded Sunshine Hope, an organization designed to bring a positive message to school children and people of all ages. In short, Kelley creates ways for people to find support and find friendship, to seek refuge from stress and feel better about their lives and the world around them.

Children have been one of her special concerns. She learned while conducting programs in schools throughout the Delaware Valley that many youngsters were in need of basic, positive reinforcement in self esteem and freedom from apprehension and day to day problems.

“We talked about tough times and the kids are very forthcoming about the challenges they have experienced,” says Kelley. “We let them know they are not alone and can find power within themselves and support within their community.”

Kelley has developed The Possibility Promise that asks kids to sign their name to a document that includes power statements like: “I believe I am special and have the power to make my dreams come true.” “I will work hard and be my own best friend. I will make the world a better place and will live a better life as a result.”

“We ask the children to print the document, sign it, date it, attach a photo and hang it in their room or a place they go to recharge. We want them to see that piece of paper after they have had a tough day to inspire them to keep going forward, “says Kelley.

The Possibility Promise can be found on the website.

The latest tool in Sunshine Hope’s arsenal to assist youngsters is THE SUPERPOWER OF ME!, a full color, powerfully illustrated book that drives home a message of Hope throughout its pages. It features a smiling, illustrated Sunshine Hope cartoon figure that bursts through the book overcoming the fear of dark clouds and raging storms.

In the end calm washes over the rejuvenated character bolstered by light and Hope! Hope! Hope! And Sunshine Hope declares: “Fill your heart with Hope and Light, Tough times pass just hold on tight, Live and love and laugh each day, I AM STRONG, I’LL BE OKAY!”

The book is written by Faust. You can feel her dedication to the cause and promise of HOPE in every page. The illustrations by professional artist Jamie Murray are clear, powerful and impossible to ignore.

To learn more about Sunshine Hope and to order a copy of the book visit The book is also available at Sunrose Words and Music, 756 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226.

The OCEAN CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 17th and Simpson Ave., has many free events for the remainder of February. The following are just a few. For complete information, access or call (609)399-2434.

Thurs., Feb. 23, The Lucky Guess Game Show from 7 to 8:15 p.m., Room 110. This is a popular horse race game featuring fun for all of the family.

Feb. 25, The History of Belly Dancing from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Room 110. Through discussions and slides, Ms. Barbara Siegel traces the long history of this dance.

Tues, Feb. 28, the Doc Gibbs Drum Program, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room 110 for ages 6-12. This is an interactive program for Black History Month featuring drummer, Doc Gibbs.

Wed., Feb. 29, the Young Adult Movie, Dream Girls, (PG-13) based on the Broadway Musical will be shown 3-5 p.m. in Room 110. The movie traces a trio of female soul singers who cross over to the Pops charts in the early 1960s.

(Fri. Feb. 24) An OCHS Surf Team FUND RAISER will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Greate Bay Country Club. The evening will feature food, raffles, vintage surf clips, door prizes and dancing to the Mighty Parrot Orchestra. Donation is $30 per person. Get tickets at the downtown 7th Street Surf Shop, Heritage Surf Shop and Surfers Supplies in Ocean City. Call Mike Lukens, 892-3482 or Wayne Blizzard, 398-9447.

(Wed., Feb. 29) The Ocean City High School JAZZ BAND will present a concert at 7 p.m. in the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The event is a senior scholarship fund raiser. Tickets will be available at the door.

(March 8) The Ocean City Historical Museum’s Native’s Night presents WERE YOU THERE? The topic will be the 50th Anniversary of the devastating 1962 Nor’easter Storm. The program is set for 7 p.m. at the Community Center Complex 17th and Simpson Ave. Please bring photographs, stories, news articles and objects that you have to share. For information, call (609) 399-1801.

(Through Feb.) The Ocean City Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave. and the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. both have exhibits through the month. Call the Arts Center (609) 399-7628 and the League (609) 814-0308 for information on their on-going programs. The Ocean City Arts Center has scheduled a Children’s Craft Workshop for March 10 from 10 a.m. till noon for children 6 to 11 years. Pre-registration is required. The Workshop will be led by Kathy Hoffman. Cost for the event is $10 plus $5 for materials. Call (609) 399-7628.

OPERA AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED: The Youth Opera of South Jersey is seeking boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, of all levels of experience for its summer production of Sweeney and Todd. Open auditions will be held Sun., March 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., Ocean City. Please enter through back door on lower level. Bring sheet music and be prepared to sing 16 to 24 bars of two contrasting songs. If you are new at this come prepared to sing whatever you are comfortable with. Questions, contact Greta at or call (609) 780-5949.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE TABERNACLE: Because its March date sold out, the Ocean City Tabernacle is adding a second trip to see the world famous Sight and Sound Presentation of Jonah in Lancaster, PA. The additional date is Thurs., April 26. The bus leaves the Tabernacle at 9:30 a.m. and returns about 9:15 p.m. Cost is $115 and includes coach bus, smorgasbord lunch, admission and all gratuities. Call (609) 399-1915 or access

CONTESTANTS WANTED: The N.J. National Teenager Pageant that will be held here in April is seeking contestants. The PAGEANT asks “Does your daughter have style? Personality. That certain something that makes other teens/pre-teens look up to her? Does she have good grades and want to be rewarded for her school and community accomplishments? More importantly does she want to have fun and compete for over $100,000 College scholarships? If so, the NJ National Teenager Pageant wants to hear from you.”

The N.J. preliminary will be held in Ocean City at the Music Pier April 20-22 with winners and runner ups in four age divisions moving on to the 42nd National Pageant this summer in San Antonio, Texas. There are cash prizes in all divisions. For information, contact (609) 652-8216, or visit All entries must be received by March 1, 1212.

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