Wings 2017 Year End Report

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Wings 2017 – YEAR END REPORT

Dear Friends,

Wings / Love & Care is blessed with incredible volunteers and a small group of donors. It is important you know YOU ARE VITAL to this ministry. Because of you, 14,239 people were served in 2017. Thank you for showing love and care to families and children in St. Louis.

Your Food Distribution Program served 14,239 people in 2017. More than 71,272 pounds of food filled the cupboards and fridges of families in need. We were blessed to continue providing meat on a regular basis as well as fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods, dry goods and desserts as available. Your giving made this possible! Our faithful volunteers continued to package the food each week and keep the Center clean and organized.

We are thankful to be able to continue the weekly After School Program and also offer Summer VBS to the children in the community. These programs have helped us build relationships with the children and families and provided a safe place for the children to come work on homework, learn about Jesus, receive a meal and benefit from many recreational activities. We continue to partner with Confluence Academy through distribution events to children in the school. We partnered with backpack distribution and a wonderful Christmas party.

In addition, the children who attend the Wings After School Program also benefited from these outreaches and also received backpacks and Christmas presents.

We hosted the annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution and Christmas Food Distribution as well, providing families the opportunity to prepare and enjoy holiday meals at home.

In total, you provided the following services in 2017:

Christmas gifts made by the children for their families.

197 Children received Backpacks & School Supplies

 150 Children received Coats and dozens Hats & Gloves

 200 Adults received Coats

 201 Families received Thanksgiving Groceries

 113 Children received 4-5 Christmas Gifts

 162 Families received Christmas Groceries

 10 Weeks of Vacation Bible School /Special Outings

 44 Weeks of After School Program with special activities for all Holidays

 14,239 People (4,788 Families) received 71,272 pounds of food from weekly Food Distributions

Your gifts and faithful partnership provided services to the children, and individuals, families, churches, and businesses expanded our capacity to do more in 2017 than ever.

Christmas party note from Stephanie Glore, Crisis Aid Staff member:

“Yesterday God did a work in my heart like only He can do.

Seeing 38 families blessed with a Christmas is a joy I can’t describe. Hearing their stories and hearing how they would not be having a Christmas if it wasn’t for yesterday is beyond humbling. (Because) it reminds me to be thankful for what my family does have, and it’s humbling knowing God chose each one of us to be their help in this season.

I watched sponsors provide toys for kids, clothes, and shoes for kids and their parents, electronics and small appliances parents cannot afford, basic house cleaning supplies and toilet paper, gift cards for Christmas dinner groceries, and even a bed provided for a mom and dad that sleep on the couch and floor. The generosity and care that was poured on to these families were incredible and so touching.

What a reminder….As Pat (Crisis Aid International Founder) told each person yesterday in tears…how much God loves each of us. How much HE sees each of us. How much HE cares about exactly where we are right this second. What a day what a word straight to my heart. Serving other brings more joy and fulfillment than any other thing.”

It was a beautiful event. The families were so touched by the generosity of the donors. 38 families received Christmas and they were truly grateful for all they received. The families truly had no way to provide Christmas for their family. There were 113 children and 53 adults that were provided Christmas in 2017.

A family blessed during the Christmas season.

THANK YOU for restoring dignity, providing encouragement, meeting basic needs and providing many blessings to families in south St. Louis with great love and care.

We hope you will continue walking with us in 2018 to provide services with dignity through donations, volunteer service, and gift-in-kind donations. God bless you!

 

By His grace,

Sue & Pat Bradley & Team

To learn more, visit: www.crisisaid.org/wings/

Christmas Stories and Joyful Refections

“Yesterday God did a work in my heart like only He can do.

Seeing 38 families blessed with a Christmas is a joy I can’t describe. Hearing their stories and hearing how they would not be having a Christmas if it wasn’t for yesterday is beyond humbling. {Because} it reminds me to be thankful for what my family does have, and it’s humbling knowing God chose each one of us to be their help in this season.

I watched sponsors provide toys for kids, clothes for kids and mom’s and dads, shoes, electronics their parents can’t afford, small appliances needed like toasters and microwaves, basic house cleaning supplies and toilet paper bc these families have hard times getting those things, gift cards for Christmas dinner groceries, and even a bed provided for a mom and dad that sleep on the couch and floor. The generosity and care that was poured onto these families was amazing and so touching.

I watched a team that was already stretched thin work exhausting hours to create an atmosphere for everyone that walked into the gym and make them feel so special. Down to the smallest details, this team went above and beyond. ALL to make them feel special loved, and seen. To show them Jesus in such a mighty way. A team that was tired, but found so much joy in serving each and every one of these wonderful families. An amazing team. They inspire me.

What a reminder… As Pat (Crisis Aid International Founder) told each person yesterday in tears… How much God loves each of us. How much HE sees each of us. How much HE cares about exactly where we are right this second. What a day and what a word straight to my heart. Serving others brings more joy and fulfillment than any other thing.”

Written by staff member Stephanie Galore from her personal reflections.

Photography by @Jeffrey Woodson II

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2nd Annual Christmas For Families 2017

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Join Us For The 2nd Annual Christmas Outreach  Wings of Love and Care Center

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How to sponsor a family? Send us an email if you would like to sponsor a family. We will then send you several profiles to choose from. Each profile will contain a picture of the family, size of the family, ages, and genders of each member, and a “wish list” prepared by each child (these are just suggestions). You are welcome to sponsor a family on your own or build a team to share the joy with. Without you and your family these families will not have much this holiday season.

What is the commitment? Our goal is to provide a full Christmas for each family. The following is what we hope to provide for each family:

• 2 – 3 toy gifts per child (unwrapped)     

• 1 outfit per child (child’s sizes will be provided)

• Gift card to purchase holiday dinner     

• Wrapping paper and tape 

• A household gift for the family (typically a household need)

When and where to deliver items? 5427 Telegraph Road, St. Louis MO 63129. All items are due by December 8th to the Crisis Aid office. Our team will package and prepare them for the Christmas Party on December 16th. Your invitation to the party will be on it’s way once you choose a family! We would love for all sponsors to join us for the party on Dec 30th  to be with the families and love on them.

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FAQ

• Out of state donors can shop via Amazon if they want to participate and have items delivered to our offices directly.

• We still need financial donations for things like a catered lunch, décor, and extra presents to make sure recipients feel loved, honored, and hopeful.

• If people would like to donate individual items like gift card

for groceries, or kids clothes, or something like that, it would be ok.

• We still need 40 gingerbread house kits for the party.

• We are having a big decoration making day on Friday the 10th of December if anyone would like to join.

For more information please call 314-487-1400 or email info@crisisaid.org

Helping Others Through WINGS This Holiday Season

2017 Thanksgiving image WIngs

2017 Thanksgiving image WIngsHelping Others Through Wings This Holiday Season

2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year!  The things you have been a part of have blessed so many and your partnership with Crisis Aid International through Wings has truly touched lives.

Here are some upcoming outreaches that you can still be a part of this year.

As you plan to celebrate with your family, would you consider providing a St. Louis family in need that same joy?  A gift of $40 will provide groceries for an entire Thanksgiving or Christmas meal so families can prepare their holiday meal at home.
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YOU can Bring

HOPE, JOY, &

RESTORATION

To Families through your GIVING

This year Wings / Love and Care Youth Center is partnering with a local school where 100% of the children live below the poverty line.  We have hand selected 40 families that have great need this holiday season and will be hosting a Christmas Event on December 16th for the families and their sponsors.  At the event, the gifts will be given to the parents so they can wrap and give to their children themselves on Christmas morning.  Your gift will not only provide gifts for children Christmas morning, but it will uphold dignity for the parents.

 

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** for more information on this event contact our office | info@crisisaid.org or call 314-487-1400.
 

Please consider helping a family

by providing a meal or sponsoring a family for Christmas.

Thank you for your partnership and generosity.  You are making a lasting change for good in our community.

Back to School Outreach 2017

Volunteer Jenny Wainwright

Back to School Outreach 2017

Dear Friends,
Because of generous partners who made the annual Back-to-School Outreach possible, we are hearing incredible stories of impact.

Here is one story we received just the other day from a staff member at our partner school:

Volunteer Amber Marmol

Volunteer Amber Marmol

“You guys have no idea… I had a new girl that started yesterday. Her mother was killed in an accident. She is an amazing little girl in kindergarten. Her grandma has custody of her and her younger brother. She was very excited when I was able to give her one of the Emoji backpacks filled with supplies and help her with a uniform. If it wasn’t for your organization and you guys, this would not have been possible. This child is so excited and it made her aunt cry. She was so grateful!”

Stories like this are not uncommon. They show how big of an impact something like school supplies make in a child’s life. Thank you so much for making moments like this possible; what a joy it was to see the children receive the backpacks and supplies you provided through Wings of Love and Care this year.

Volunteer Jenny Wainwright

Volunteer Jenny Wainwright

Altogether, over 175 children who attend this elementary school in St. Louis, MO (where 100% of families live below the poverty line) were blessed with more than 4,800 supply items! Because so much was donated, we together increased the amount of children served in our annual Back-to-School outreach by 350% this year, enabling us to equip more children than ever with the tools they need to start the school year right.

Special thanks to the Wainwright family for their support and for working with some of the Cardinals’ wives to collect supplies. Thanks also to The Crossing Church, Charter Tax Department, Monarch Jewelry and Endless Opportunities Worldwide for hosting collections. But your impact did not end there.

Again, thank you for your tremendous love, support and prayers.

God bless you,

Sue & Pat Bradley & Team

PS: Together, we currently serve 1,080 people from over 400 families every month. We need your donations today to keep this important year-long work going! Help us help more kids in need.

Back to School 2017

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Will you join us as we help children in need get ready for school?

Back to school

Our WINGS of Love & Care Annual School Supplies Distribution will be August 9th but supplies must be received by August 4th so we can ensure all needs are met. Our goal is to provide the full list of required supplies for 100 children in an elementary school where 100% of the families live below the poverty line. Please place your order/donation today! Make sure you share your contact information so we can mail you a receipt to use for tax deduction purposes. Thank you!

Donations can be dropped off by August 4th at Crisis Aid M-TH 9:30am-4:30pm or shipped directly to Crisis Aid, 5427 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129. Cash donations are also welcome.

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For more information please call 1-888-740-7779.

View as a PDF – School Supplies Needed

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