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Ministry Update - April 2012
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
TO ALL OUR PARTNERS AND FRIENDS!!
Praise God for all that He has done!!
Once again, it is my pleasure to be able to report to you on our VERY successful EASTER mailing to the children in Appalachia.
Before I give you the details I must share with you an opportunity that God provided. In June I went to the PBS station in Madison, WI to tape two (2) 5-minute segments for “Sewing with Nancy.” I was able to talk about TLC’s mission supporting the children in Appalachia. These were broadcast beginning in November and were shown on MANY PBS stations.
I want to WELCOME the many new partners that are now supporting TLC and who helped us significantly exceed 2011’s Easter shipment.
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 308 outfits for the boys!! We also shipped 24 PJ’s and 35 knit shirts in larger sizes. 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 -- 14.
For the girls we sent 405 outfits, plus an additional 4 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 or slacks for the girls.) We also shipped 24 nightgowns and over 65 lovely hand crocheted ponchos. The poncho pattern is on our web site. Please make 4-6 year size. A Biblical Tract for children was included with each child’s outfit.
For infants we shipped formula, clothing, baby blankets and afghans.
Don’t forget we have slip patterns for the girls. We need all sizes 4 through 14. 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 also sent 350 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. BTW, we buy 4 oz. bottles of shampoo for $0.65/each. To save shipping you might consider shipping without shampoo and send a contribution instead.
We were able to provide 676 pair of shoes for the children. This number includes a few that we received with the clothing. Our SHOE FUND is on-going 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. Our plans for the back-to-school trip to Kentucky have not been finalized but will be in early August. We plan to participate in at least three 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 1st THANKSGIVING
NOVEMBER 1st 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. Last year we were only able to ship 656 coats, and it is our prayer that we will be able to return to 1.000 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 clothing and monetary contributions dropped off from 2008 through 2010 but have begun to pick up. BLESS YOU!! Many of you responded to my request that each of you consider donating an additional $5.00 or $10.00. This helped 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. If you are receiving this via e-mail or from our website please provide your own envelope.
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.
For those of you with e-mail addresses, we will be sending this newsletter as an attachment.
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.
If you would like a copy of my personal testimony, “A Call To Servanthood” please let me know.
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