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Orphans at door of Orphanage 2002
Orphans at door of Orphanage 2002

My name is Aaron Hanania. I was born in Russia in a city called Yekaterinburg near the Ural mountains and just west of Siberia.

The orphanage where I was born is overcrowded with orphans, many of whom do not have immediate hope of finding forever family to help nurture their lives and raise them.

While they are at the orphanage, they need many things. The youngest babies need diapers. They need clothing. And all of the children there need toys to help them strengthen their cognitive skills and ability to become product members of the world’s society.

Without your help, they will face a difficult time while waiting for parents to adopt them.

As a part of my Bar Mitzvah, I did a Mitzvah Project, basically doing something good for others. I am excited that my Mitzvah Project is to help children who live at the orphanage where I was born.

In the picture above, I am on the left at the front of the door to our orphanage room with my friends, many of whom were adopted by American Families who live near me. We’re able to stay in touch and in contact and celebrate our Russian Heritage together, while also being grateful for our families.

Today, I play baseball, drums and guitar, and enjoy reading, writing and music.

I studied for my Bar Mitzvah in May 2014 and my Mitzvah Project was to help raise funds to help the orphanage where I lived as a young child, which I was able to do and continue doing.

Orphans at door of Orphanage 2002
Orphans at door of Orphanage 2002. Aaron front and center

I am lucky because five of my friends in the orphanage were adopted by families in the Chicagoland area and we stay in touch. We all lived in the same unit at the orphanage. We love our Russian heritage and our American lives. Being Russian and American is a good mix.

I hope one day that Russia will re-allow American families to adopt more Russian orphans.

Since then, I have worked hard in my adopted country and have studied and shared my experiences in stories that I post on this website. I hope you enjoy them all.

Today, I enjoy writing and interviewing celebrities from sports to politics.

I will be writing more about my life and my experiences on this website. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy some of the photos of people and celebrities I have interviewed over the years below.

Thank you for visiting my website.

AARON HANANIA

 

Aaron Hanania at Graceland in Memphis, TN
Aaron Hanania at Graceland in Memphis, TN, the home and burial place of Elvis Presley

 

Aaron Hanania with the Stanley Cup
Aaron Hanania with the Stanley Cup in 2013

 

Aaron with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
Aaron Hanania receiving an award for academic excellence and community service from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

 

Aaron Hanania with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton
Aaron Hanania with former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton

 

Aaron Hanania getting some arly advice on professional journalism from former WBBM TV political reporter Mike Flannery
Aaron Hanania getting some early advice on professional journalism from former WBBM TV political reporter Mike Flannery

 

Aaron Hanania getting autographs at the annual Monster Truck Jam at the Allstate Arena
Aaron Hanania getting autographs at the annual Monster Truck Jam at the Allstate Arena

 

Aaron Hanania with Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White
Aaron Hanania with Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White

 

Aaron Hanania with the late Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka
Aaron Hanania with the late Illinois Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka

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