Ministry Update - April 2009
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
TO ALL OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!!
Praise God for all that He has done!!
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate all you have done and to let you know that as my partner in this ministry, I am trusting God that all your needs will be met in a greater way, whether spiritual, financial, emotional, or physical.
Once again, it is my pleasure to be able to report to you on our very successful EASTER mailing to the children in Appalachia.
What a blessing it is to the children who receive our gifts of love! We are blessed to be a blessing! And now for the report that you have been waiting for….
Through your generosity we were able to send 225 outfits for the boys!! For those of you who are new contributors to TLC, an outfit includes pants, shirt, underwear and socks. We do accept store bought jeans for the BOYS ONLY! Sizes needed – 4-12.
For the girls we sent 380 dresses with accessories. An outfit for the girls includes a dress or jumper and blouse, slip, undies, tights or socks, hair bow, bracelet, and a little crocheted pocketbook. (Please no jeans for the girls.) We also shipped some lovely hand crocheted and fleece ponchos for the girls.
NOTE: We continue to receive requests for girl’s dresses sizes 3, 10 and 12 so please consider making some.
We also shipped an assortment of infant clothing, 27 boy’s PJ’s and 24 girl’s nightgowns.
A Biblical Tract for children entitled, “The Easter Story” was included with each outfit.
Don’t forget we have slip patterns for the girls in sizes 4-10. They are very easy to make and you may request a copy of the pattern. Please be specific as to what size you would like to make. We especially need sizes 4, 7, 8, and 10.
A total of 502 personal care kits for the children were also sent. We have a very specific list of items that go into a care kit. You can print it from our web site, send us an e-mail or fax, or drop us a note.
We were able to provide 315 pair of shoes for the children. This number includes any that were sent to us with the clothing. Our SHOE FUND is on-going and the cost is $13.00/pair for the girl’s and $15.00/pair for the boy’s even with our volume discount!! By the way, if you receive discount coupons from Payless please send them to us.
We pray that for our next mailing, which will be for BACK-TO-SCHOOL, we will be able to provide many new pairs of shoes for that all important first day of school!!
Speaking of Back to School, please note: OUR DEADLINE FOR THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL mailing is JULY 1st. It would help us if you would send items prior to the deadline. Remember, school starts the first week in August in the areas that we serve.
We have already had inquiries regarding coats. Yes, we will be sending WINTER COATS again the year. Like everything else they continue to increase in price. We are praying that our discounted cost of $30.00 will not increase. Although this is expensive, these are high quality coats that retail for double that amount. Last year we were able to provide 1008 coats at a cost of over $30,000.00 because of the generosity of all of you, but especially two donors!!! This is the first time that we were able to ship 1,000 and that is our goal again this year. We would ask that you pray over this need and consider a contribution to the COAT FUND. The children will be most appreciative!!
In keeping with the winter theme, please remember that we have a knit pattern for the hat, scarf & mitten sets … just the right size for the children we service. I will be happy to send you a copy or you can print it from our web site.
Our schedule for the remainder of the year is:
JULY 1st BACK-TO-SCHOOL
SHORT SLEEVES on the garments please! Be sure to mark the size on each garment you make. This is a big help to us.
OCTOBER 15th THANKSGIVING
NOVEMBER 15th CHRISTMAS
LONG SLEEVES, on the garments for Thanksgiving and Christmas, please. Again, please mark size on each garment.
If you have, or are planning to move, please send us your new address so we can update our address file. You can make these notifications via e-mail or regular mail.
By the way, we would appreciate it if you would send us your e-mail address, if you have not already done so. WE DO NOT SHARE OR SELL OUR CONTRIBUTORS CONTACT DATA.
Please continue to remember TLC Ministries in your prayers as we continue to reach out to our needy children of Appalachia. I am not sure if you saw the ABC 20/20 special by Diane Sawyer earlier this year. Many of the things you saw were representative of the areas of Kentucky where we distribute our clothing.
The worsening financial conditions have hit this area harder than most because many were “just making it” as it was. During the past year two more organizations from that area have contacted us asking for support. Due to your generosity we were able to send boy’s and girl’s outfits, shoes, care kits, sweaters, knit sets and coats. We would like to help them on a continuing basis but need your help. Please realize your check or clothing donation is going to help VERY NEEDY CHILDREN.
If possible, please send a gift today to help us in our work. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience. This is our only appeal for the Back-To-School mailing. If you have recently sent a gift, please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation.
TLC’s WEB SITE is: www.tlcministries.info Check us out. We continue to be grateful to Dr. Stephanie Harakal for creating and maintaining the site! A copy of this and prior newsletters is posted there. Please share this information with a friend.
As we look forward to the celebration of EASTER I would like to wish all of you a
VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER!
HE IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!!
Joyfully in HIS service,
Founder & Director
Then the righteous will answer him,
"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply,
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine, you did it for me. "
Matthew 26:37-40 NIV
“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10