Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 December 2010 22:22 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 28 December 2010 22:20
Dear FOCUS Supporter,
This Christmas George, his wife and children were desperate for help but because of generous donors like you FOCUS NA was there. Thank you for caring and for your support before Dec. 31st!
Earlier this year, George’s house burned down. While his wife and three children now share a two-bedroom house with another family, George chooses to stay at a shelter to provide more room for his family and so he doesn’t burden their hosts. Working odd jobs helps pay for some of his families needs, but it isn’t enough to move them into their own apartment.
He likes going to the Sunday night meals at FOCUS Gateway City (St. Louis, MO) because, “People actually sit down and talk to me,” he says. FOCUS Gateway City serves all its meals “family style” so the volunteers sit with guests and everyone is served from the same bowl at the table. For volunteers it may seem like a small thing, but to people like George it provides a sense of “family” when one may be scarce. Your gifts provide hot, nutritious meals, vital care and family for many homeless and hurting people like George and is lovely wife and kids.
Last Sunday’s Christmas party and dinner was no different. Families, single men and women, homeless individuals and those who work but still cannot pay for enough food to get them through the week … All sat together and enjoyed a hot meal, Christmas carols, and even presents. And George’s family was there too!
See the FOCUS Gateway City (St. Louis, MO), other FOCUS Centers and your gifts in action click here.
Help us keep families together and feed and care for those in need by making a tax-deductibe year-end gift today!
Blessed Nativity and Happy New Year,
Fr. Justin Mathews
PS - Charitable Giving IRA Legislation Is Back for 2010 and 2011 but you must act today!
It's official—the president signed the charitable IRA rollover extension into law, and it will be in effect for 2010 and 2011. Donors aged 70½ or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income taxes on the money. Read about the details on FOCUSNorthAmerica.org.
Your Gift made by December 31, 2010 may be deducted from your 2010 taxes. Please click the donate button in this email or visit www.FOCUSNorthAmerica.org to donate today! For information on making a charitable donation of stock, other assets or from your IRA please contact Fr. Justin at 816-399-0909 today.