It is with a grateful heart that I thank each of you for joining us tonight. The growing popularity of our Annual Gala provides the support of our numerous programs for Houston’s special children.
Your dedication in 2013 has been unprecedented. The effort of our Board members, advocates, donors, sponsors and staff, has provided us with numerous successes never thought possible.
Over 35,000 children in the Houston area received services and benefits through our numerous ongoing programs on their behalf. This year our “Chariots for Children” program awarded a 12 passenger van to Young Life Houston Central and two handicapped accessible vans to the families of Carlos Chavez and Diana Reyna. We also assisted the family of Kasey Bennett with a handicapped vehicle modification, which proved to be life-altering. This year the “A Better Night’s Sleep” program has provided more than 1,200 beds for children never before having one. Our “HCC Closet” has continued to show GREAT success. Clothing has been distributed to over 1,000 children at absolutely no cost to their families. All of this is a direct result of your unparalleled generosity and continued support.
Our Christmas programs provide support for over 25,000 children. The Toy Distribution has grown over the past 5 years, thanks to The Marine Corp’s Reserve “Toys for Tots” program and Houston First Corporation’s donation of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Both are instrumental in helping us assist individual families and local agencies during the holiday season. The Adopt-A-Family program anticipates building on last year’s monumental growth and helping more families to exceed new goals. Last year alone over 350 families were adopted during the Christmas season.
We are truly blessed with a multitude of caring and compassionate friends in our community. Without your generosity for the past seventeen years we would not have been able to impact the lives of so many special children. And with your continued dedication, we will impact the lives of many more in the years to come. I thank each of you for being such an integral part of our team, and with your help, I look forward to surpassing even greater goals in 2014. Again, my sincerest thanks for all that you do for our kids.
Laura S. Ward
Executive Director ~ Houston Children’s Charity