Ministry Update - March 2008
CHOICE CHRISTIAN GREETINGS
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 227 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 – 4-12.
For the girls we sent 274 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 34 lovely hand crocheted 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.
A Biblical Tract for children entitled, “The Easter Story” was included with each outfit.
For those of you who are new to our organization, we have a slip pattern 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 have and include a No. 10 SASE.
A total of 158 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 website, send us an e-mail or fax, or drop us a note.
We were able to provide 377 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 $12.00/pair for the girl’s and $14.00/pair for the boy’s even with our volume discount!!
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, the cost of coats has increased and they now cost us $30.00. Although this is expensive, these are high quality coats that retail for double that amount. Last year we were able to provide 888 coats. Our goal continues to be able to provide 1,000. That means we would need to receive an additional $3,400.00 for coats. 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 if you send a No. 10 SASE 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
OCTOBER 15TH THANKSGIVING
NOVEMBER 15TH CHRISTMAS
LONG SLEEVES, on the garments for
With the rising cost of postage and because I want to be a good steward of the finances, if you do not wish to remain on our mailing list, please let me know so we can remove your name. Otherwise, I will look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Also, 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 MAILING LIST.
Please continue to remember TLC Ministries in your prayers as we continue to reach out to our needy children of Appalachia.
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 NOW HAS A WEB SITE at: www.tlcministries.info Check us out. A copy of this newsletter is posted there. Please share this information with a friend.
We are grateful to Dr. Stephanie Harakal, one of our volunteers for creating the site.
As we look forward to the celebration of EASTER, may I take this opportunity to wish all of our partners and friends, a VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER!
HE IS RISEN!
Joyful in HIS service,
Then the righteous will answer him,
Matthew 26:37-40 NIV
“Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10Top