I am pleased to report that Houston Children’s Charity did amazing things in 2013. Your dedication and support over this past year was unprecedented. The effort of our Board members, advocates, donors, sponsors and staff, provided us with numerous successes never thought possible.
In 2013, over 35,000 children in the Houston area received services and benefits through our various programs. Our “Chariots for Children” program awarded 4 handicapped accessible vans to families and a 12 passenger van to a local organization. We also assisted a very worth family with a handicapped vehicle modification, which proved to be life-altering for their child. The “Better Night’s Sleep” program provided more than 1,200 beds for children never before having one. Our “HCC Closet” continued to show GREAT success and provided clothing to over 2000 children at absolutely no cost to their families. All of this is a direct result of your unparalleled generosity and continued support.
This past December, our three Christmas programs provided support and smiles for many children. The Adopt-A-Family program kicked off the holiday season for HCC. 2012’s monumental growth was surpassed when Houstonians reached out and touched over 624 families helping over 1,872 children. The Annual Christmas Party, held at the Hyatt Regency Houston, played host to over 650 children and their families. Over the past 6 years, the Toy Distribution has grown leaps and bounds. Many thanks to The Marine Corp’s Reserve “Toys for Tots” program and Houston First Corporation’s donation of space in the George R. Brown Convention Center for assisting us in making each year better. Both are instrumental in helping us lend a hand to individual families and local agencies during the holiday season.
As we enter 2014, we must remain steadfast in our approach. We will continue to seek out those children who have otherwise been left behind and strive to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered. I ask that you continue to dig deep into your own pool of resources to help our community’s underserved children.
The Board of Directors and myself want to give each of YOU our most heartfelt thanks. We are truly blessed with a multitude of caring and compassionate friends in our community. Without your generosity over the past seventeen years we would not have been able to affect the lives of so many special children. With your help, I look forward to impacting the lives of many more children in 2014.
Laura S. Ward
Executive Director ~ Houston Children’s Charity