|Who We Help|
"Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might..."
Tender Loving Care Ministries, Inc. (TLC) is a private, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization whose primary mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ by ministering to the clothing needs of underprivileged children of the Appalachian Mountains—Southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia and West Virginia.
Headquartered in Potomac, MD, under the direction of Carole Franceski, TLC's founder and director, the ministry is constantly seeking to expand its scope to touch the hearts and hands of more needy children in the Appalachian Mountains.
In 2014, TLC ministered to the needs of more than 3,500 children. However, 3,500 is only a fraction of the number in need.
Poverty in Appalachia is extreme. Many children live in conditions that border on those of Third World Countries. As a result, many children are socially and academically behind by the time they enter school.
A large percentage of parents are unemployed. With the closing of three coal mines in Kentucky over 200 men lost their jobs in 2014 alone! Many of the children are raised by single parents (mothers) and/or grandparents. Too many of these children have never experienced the thrill of having a new outfit.
Four major clothing shipments per year are provided to the children of Appalachia. Carole and some of her volunteers visit Appalachia once a year—usually back-to-school— to take part in a hands-on distribution. All distributions are significant, but BTS is especially so because “but for” the clothing they receive many would not have new clothing to begin the school year.
Will you help the needy children of Appalachia? They need you! They need to know that someone cares!!
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Matthew 25: 34-36