One of the best ways you can be a part of the ministry of the United Methodist Children’s Home is to pray with us. We’ve put together a calendar you can use throughout Advent to know how to specifically pray for our children and families.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
I read this quote today, just before I stepped into a meeting where much gratitude was expressed. First, we took time out to thank our Auxiliary. They put on three flea markets a year and spend hours-on-end collecting, repairing, cleaning and ticketing items to sell at those flea markets. And it’s all for our children. We are grateful.
Then our Foster Care Recruiter, Denise Peacock, shared her thankfulness with the group. In the last six weeks, we’ve added five new foster homes! (An interesting fact: in this group is the youngest foster family we’ve ever approved – they’re in their late 20s; a couple in their 60s; and a single woman who is a school teacher. Foster families come in all shapes and sizes!) Also in the last six weeks, three children were adopted – two 10-year old twin boys, and one eight-year-old who is medically fragile. We rejoice and give thanks for these three children who have found their forever families.
Thanksgiving may be over, but the gratitude keeps flowing at the Children’s Home. We continue to be thankful for all of you who make possible our work on behalf of these children and families. Thank you for turning countless houses into homes.
Save on taxes AND help children at the United Methodist Children’s Home with the 2011 Charitable IRA Rollover Extension!
The 2010 tax act extended a benefit for certain IRA owners who are 70½ and older. Through December 31, 2011, tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 per taxpayer can be made from IRAs (traditional or Roth) to charities by individuals 70½ and older. These distributions can also be used to satisfy annual required minimum distributions (RMDs).
In lay-person’s terms, that means that you can give money from your IRA to the Children’s Home and you won’t have to pay taxes on those funds, even on funds that you were required to take as a distribution. If you’ve already been thinking about making a gift to the Children’s Home, giving through your IRA instead of writing a check can help you save on taxes.
Thank you for your gifts! Contact Richard Puckett (404.327.5838) with any questions.
Certain other requirements may apply. Check with your attorney, accountant, or other professional consultant for details.
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Our mission is to heal children, unite families, and change lives. We place children into safe and loving foster care homes while helping to restore family relationships; prepare young adults in Georgia’s foster care system to make positive life decisions as they transition to independent adulthood; and strengthen and preserve families by providing housing and support to families at risk of homelessness.