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April 2011

Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.

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Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
9313 Falls Bridge Lane
Potomac, Maryland 20854-3951
Phone 301-983-8251 / Fax 301-983-1326
E-Mail: johnsoncjtlc@aol.com

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Ministry Update - April 2011

CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
TO ALL OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!!

Praise God for all that He has done!!

Dear Partners and Friends,

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 218 outfits for the boys!! For those of you that 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 are 4 -- 12.

For the girls we sent 267 outfits, plus an additional 19 dresses. 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 ponchos for the girls. The poncho pattern is on our web site. Please make large size. A Biblical Tract for children was included with each child’s outfit.

NOTE: We continue to receive requests for girl’s dresses sizes 3, 10 and 12 so please consider making some.

We also shipped 28 nightgowns, 24 boy’s PJ’s and 200 bunny faces with candy.

For infants we shipped formula, clothing, baby blankets and afghans.

Don’t forget we have slip patterns for the girls in sizes 4-12. 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 need all sizes 4 through 12.

We also sent 301 personal care kits. There is 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 486 pair of shoes for the children. This number includes any that we received with the clothing. Our SHOE FUND is ongoing and the cost is $15.00/pair for the girls and boys even with our volume discount!! If you receive discount coupons from Payless Shoe Source, please send them to us.

We pray that for our next mailing, which will be for BACK-TO-SCHOOL, we will again 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 will be leaving for Kentucky on July 27th to participate in two (2) different distributions that week.

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 and please mark size on each garment.

If you have moved, or plan to move, please send us your new address so we can update our files.

We will send WINTER COATS again this year. The cost of each coat is $30.00. Although this is expensive, these coats are of high quality that retail for at least twice that amount. For the past two years we were able to reach our goal of providing 1,000 coats, and it is our prayer that we will be able to continue to provide this number. 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.

The following note was received in response to our Christmas shipment. “I am working with children ranging in age from newborns to five at a very rural school in Eastern Kentucky. TLC Ministries has been such a blessing to me and all the children in our Elementary School. Our enrollment is 260 and we also have a preschool here in our building. Christmas can sometimes be a very depressing time for parents that are on fixed incomes. With utilities at an all time high there is very little left even if the parents have jobs. TLC has sent boy’s and girl’s outfits, coats, hats, scarves, mittens, pajamas, nightgowns, shoes, care kits and infant items. These children’s parents really appreciate the gifts that are given them. Without TLC I could not help these families. I personally appreciate the work Carole does and will forever be thankful for her dedication and support.”

Our clothing and monetary contributions have been off since 2008 and are down again this quarter. I know that this period has also has been very difficult for many of you, but it has been especially difficult for the families of the children we serve in Appalachia. Therefore, I am praying that each of you will consider donating an additional $5.00 or $10.00. This would help greatly with our mission.

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.

We would like to remind you that many corporations participate in a “Matching Grant” program. This enables you to double your contribution. Also, if you work for Verizon, they have Volunteer Incentive Program that makes a monetary contribution to a charity of your choice, for hours volunteered.

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.

We continue to be grateful to Dr. Stephanie Harakal for creating and maintaining TLC’s web site! A copy of this and prior newsletters are posted there. Please share this site 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!

Alleluia!!

HE IS RISEN!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!!

Joyfully in HIS service,

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Carole Franceski, 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

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“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10

 

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Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc.
Phone 301-983-8251
E-Mail: johnsoncjtlc@aol.com