Update from Christmas 2016

March 15, 2017

Dear Faithful Sponsors:

I apologize for taking such a long time to update you about Christmas. Regrettably, my dad passed away a few days after Christmas. I am delighted that my family and I were able to spend quality time with him before his passing. Even in the midst of saying “good-bye” to him, the children that depend on you were not forgotten. $800.00 was put toward gifts for the children in Calf Creek Hollow and that money was stretched even further by shopping at the Goodwill Store. Gifts of mittens, scarves, socks, shower gel, deodorant, and small gifts were given to the 54 Appalachian children. $1,500.00 was put toward the annual Christmas dinner at Hope Academy and the two hundred students and their families in Africa participated in a Christmas dinner that included the sharing of Jesus’ birth (approximately 1,000 people attended the dinner). Each child and family member is so appreciative of you for your support. Every Friday night, the children and family members from Hope Academy meet together and pray for blessings on the supporters that love them and give so they can eat and live. Their prayers are the only gifts they have to offer as a thank-you to you and they do that with such joy and grateful hearts.

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A couple of weeks ago, I sent $1,500 to the children in Africa for the month of March and unfortunately our bank balance is down to $55.00. Where the support will come for the following months, I don’t know. But I am asking you again to help provide for these children with your most generous gift. I am including our latest budget for the 2016 year so that you can see how accountable we are for each dollar that is sent. Our non-profit is small compared to many organizations, but we are making an incredible impact on so many people with the money you contribute. We are grateful for every dollar that is donated to Project Respect and work diligently to make sure your dollar stretches as far as we can possibly stretch it.

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Thank you again for caring about these children and helping. Remember we help the poorest of the poor and everything you give is received with humble gratitude. My heartfelt thanks to each of you! 

Sincerely yours,

Marsha Grahek, President

See the above as Marsha’s original letter, with financial report section (PDF)

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