The World I See – 2019 – Crisis Aid

The World I See

“I Don’t Know Why You [Rescued Me] But You Saved My Life.”

THANK YOU

One of the greatest needs a human being has is to know that they are loved.
That is what keeps bringing them back, sure the food is important but love is more important. To us we may be building a building, or giving food, or drilling a water well — but to them: it is a miracle.  Often times things look impossible…but for us, we ask: “but how are we going to do this.”
“REFUSE TO DO NOTHING” 

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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A Life Worth Fighting For

Life Worth Fighting For
Life Worth Fighting For
A Life Worth Fighting For

According to Forbes, sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world today. How is it possible that this evil continues to spread like a plague relatively unchecked for decades? This is a travesty far beyond what words can describe.

Since 2007, Crisis Aid and our partners have worked with girls across the globe trapped in this living hell; their lives shattered and destroyed beyond recognition. Yet through these years, we have been privileged to help over 1,000 of these innocent young girls escape and move toward a new life completely restored and fulfilled!

Do you remember Asha from your September 2017 Newsletter? She is the young girl that was sold by her parents to a local witch doctor when she was just a child. Her life was completely destroyed; her childhood hopes and dreams shattered! While her restoration was lengthy, it was well worth it.

This year Asha is planning to get married! She chose the date her parents sold her to be her wedding date. Sue and Pat Bradley will have the privilege of walking her down the aisle. WOW! What a story of restoration! We are humbled and blessed to be a part of this young girl’s life.

While Asha has grown and flourished, Danielle is a young girl whose journey of restoration is just beginning. When she was only 15, she ran away from her home where she was being sexually abused and beaten. For over 8 years Danielle has been living in cars, sleeping on benches, and being passed from pimp to pimp for trade and profit.

Danielle found a church who told her about your Refuge Home. They immediately called Crisis Aid, and we welcomed her into our safe home just this month. When she first walked in she looked like a frail and frightened child.

We gave her a tour of her new home and she broke down in tears. She just sobbed, “I’ve never had a bed before.” The shame she was feeling was overwhelming. We just held her and cried with her. Danielle’s story of restoration is just starting. Her journey will be hard, but if she stays with it, those years of abuse and neglect will be transformed.

Praise God, Danielle and Asha did not fall through the cracks as do so many. There are literally millions of young girls at serious risk, but with your support, we can help rescue those within our sphere.

We are grateful that you care and want to help rescue these girls from their nightmare.

Please do not let precious girls like Danielle or Asha fall through the cracks. Show them that someone cares. Help them dream again by being a part of their miraculous rescue. Taking a step is easy; help create awareness, become an advocate, hold a fundraiser, become a monthly partner. Dream big. The possibilities of what you can do to help these victimized girls are only limited by your imagination.

Thank you for your love, support, and prayers over the years.

God Bless You,
Pat and Sue
Pat & Sue Bradley

Here Are Some Ways You Can Help Toward Meeting Our Needs Today

East Africa

• Provide schooling through the Vocational Training Center for 10 girls: $7,500

• Sponsor a girl’s graduation and provide seed money to start a new life: $650

 

United States

• Add an additional bed for one year to help more girls: $23,000

• Refurbish a bedroom for a girl: $1,400

Thank You For Caring. Your Generosity Makes A Big Difference.

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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U.S. Refuge Home – A Taskforce Impact

Taskforce US Refuge

Crisis Aid is one of a few organizations in the world which have a physical full-time presence in a police department to support victims of sex trafficking.

I had given up. I had prayed for God to make sure my family knew I loved them. Because I knew I’m gonna die here and my family is never going to know what happened so me.” “But you guys helped me get out. You saved my life, you actually saved my life.”   — Karen

Since December 2012, through our U.S. Refuge Home, our partners have enabled us to help more than 170 girls rescued from sexual slavery.

Every single day Crisis Aid is working hand in hand with law enforcement, medical professionals and other community first responders to offer safety, healing, and support to these precious young girls. Together, we are providing them a brand new life!

Sex trafficking is not just street crime. Victims today are now targeted through social media. They are wooed, then manipulated and coerced to the point of forced sexual slavery.

In response, we have expanded our crisis intervention services with an office located in a specialized police unit that investigates sex trafficking. We now work with victims the moment they are identified with emotional support, safety planning, and identifying resources they desperately need.

The increased advocacy plays a vital role in the solution to ending sex trafficking but we need your help.

With more girls in need of being rescued, we need more space to provide a safe home and give these precious girls hope, healing, and restoration.

“REFUSE TO DO NOTHING”

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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THEN AND NOW – Feeding Starving Children

Dec 2018 Newsletter Then and Now

Thank you. As you look through these pictures, know that YOU are one of the special individuals that made these life-saving transformations possible. The smiles on these mothers’ faces say more than we could ever express with words. Their children are thriving today because of your generosity.

God bless you – and THANK YOU!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pat and Sue

Pat & Sue Bradley

 

PS: It is your giving that makes all of this possible.

Precious lives hang in the balance.

Please Consider Making A Gift Today

 

Then and Now

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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The Tesifa Project

Tesifa Dairy Barn
Tesifa Land 2018

The Answer To Abject Poverty Is Here

 

It seems like just yesterday we were starting off with a 2-pound bag of rice, determined to do more than just watch as people literally starve to death. You took up that challenge with us, and look where we are today over 2.4 million people served worldwide! And all because of YOU!

The dream does not stop here. It continues to grow and to expand far beyond today.  It reaches into the lives of these precious people for years to come. We are determined to help the people of East Africa make a permanent “life-giving” change for themselves and their families. Our goal is to provide them with opportunities they never had.

Asha

Asha’s Death From Starvation Broke Us

THE NEED

As you know, abject poverty consumes the eastern region of Africa where we work. We see it every day; children at risk of starvation. This was the cruel reality we saw when we first met Asha. Her death from starvation broke something in us, and the phrase refuse to do nothing took on a stronger, more urgent meaning. We began to see the root cause of this issue clearer than ever before.

Addressing abject poverty is not just about feeding, it is about changing the culture. The people in this region have lived in extreme poverty for so long, they don’t even know there is another way of life. But there is.

No parent should ever have to watch their child die from starvation!

 

THE VISION 

THE TESIFA PROJECT

Crisis Aid’s vision is to bring an end to abject poverty in this region of East Africa. Our objective is to provide opportunities to people who literally have none; giving them a better way of life through a sustainability program known as the Tesifa Project. This is a multifaceted, long-term project designed to create jobs and operate as a comprehensive training program for agriculture and dairy. It will also provide the Tesifa Project with an income stream to offset operational costs.

Through the Tesifa Project, Crisis Aid’s staff in East Africa will work with the people in this region. They will Show them, Teach them, and Walk alongside them as they learn how to work effectively within the fields of both agriculture and dairy. Once this is accomplished, those in the program will be provided with their own starter calves and high-quality starter plants. This will eventually branch out to neighboring villages through a cooperative (co-op) structure.

Now the transformation begins; a new way of life for the people and their families for generations to come.

Dairy Barn

Barn For Dairy Cows

Watch The Answer Come To Life

 

WHERE WE ARE TODAY 

The components of the Tesifa Project are; an existing Feeding Program, a Medical & Stabilization Clinic, a Dairy Operation, and an Agricultural Demonstration Farm. To date:

  • 15 acres of land associated with the feeding program has been purchased.
  •  Water well is being dug: projected to be completed by the end of the year
  • Dairy Barn that will hold 40 dairy cows has been constructed
  • 12 heads of cattle have been purchased
  • Bio-Gas system is now operational
  • Engineering Company has been hired and is looking at the existing land for placement and design of the medical clinic. This will include a 5-year growth plan toward a fully operational pediatric hospital and surgical unit

 

THE GOAL 

By the end of 2018, our goal is to raise all of the necessary funds for construction of the free medical clinic’s first phase. It is vitally important to stabilize the children in this region while the remaining elements are being put into place.  

But we need your help. We are asking that you search your heart, and to be a part of their solution. Please help us build the Medical Clinic these children so desperately need. There is no financial gift too small or too big! Every gift matters.

Every amount above and beyond this goal will go toward the 2019 plan:  

  • Phase 1 of the Medical Clinic completed and operational.
  • Dairy barn with 40 cows.
  • The first phase of the agricultural project started clearing the land and putting healthy coffee trees and rotation crops in.

Producing change for generations to come will not be easy. But it is possible. Working together in unison, we can make it a reality. How exciting it will be when we can give you an update on all of the lives you have changed through the Tesifa Project.

WILL YOU GIVE TODAY?

We thank God for you every day and pray His richest blessings on you.  Never doubt, you have made a tremendous impact on this world by continuing to refuse to do nothing!  

God Bless You
Pat & Sue Bradley
Founders, Crisis Aid International

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Jengo’s Story – Hope For Tomorrow

September 18 Newsletter

Meet Jengo. This is the beginning of his story, not the end.

The day started off like any other day. We were headed to a local village to check on children that had been part of our feeding program. After driving several miles we got out and started walking down an old dirt road. As we rounded a corner, sitting alone on an empty grain sack, was a very frail little boy — dirty, malnourished, and crippled.

A young man came along and placed the small, frail boy on his knee. We learned that this young man was Jengo, the boy’s 18 year old brother.

Their parents had died and Jengo was raising four younger brothers all by himself. As they gathered around Jengo, we were inspired by his obvious love and resolve to care for his family. While talking with them, we realized that the crippled little boy suffered from a twisted spine and had no access to medical care.

The villagers knew that Jengo could not work and take care of his siblings alone, so they arranged a marriage with a local girl. She soon became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. Now, there were seven in this household.

Jengo’s occupation as a day laborer might earn him 500 a day, if he was lucky. How could this teenager care for a family of seven on 500 a day? This family could not survive by living the way their parents did — as day laborers, just scraping by, always hungry, helplessly watching as family members slowly waste away.

Obviously, this was a major crisis.

Together We Are Making A Difference. We are taking Jengo’s crippled brother to a skilled doctor that we believe can greatly improve his condition. Our dream is to see him running and playing with other children in the near future. Jengo is now working for Crisis Aid delivering food to needy villages. At long last, he deservedly has a way to support and take care of his entire family.

Together we can take care of so many more families that are in crisis! We cannot do this work without you — you are crucial to helping the helpless. Please continue to be the answer to their prayers! And thank you for allowing us to do what we do.

Choose to do something today to help others

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Mercy Chapel Graduation

Graduation

Girls, still trafficked in the red light district, are GRADUATING from Crisis Aid’s MERCY CHAPEL Vocational Center with a degree designed to support them for the rest of their lives! These girl’s lives are not only saved but free! Free with a new future, hope, and healing.

We invite you to be a part of their celebration!

 

This video highlights exactly what happens at the graduation. A graduation like none other.

We are committed to seeing each girl thrive.

As a partner of Crisis Aid, thank you for helping us help hundreds of girls in need! Together, we are making a difference.

Background:

127 girls will graduate this November after dedicating a year of their lives toward learning a vocation. We are so very proud of them!

The cost to graduate is $350 per girl. This includes required fees, cost of the event, and seed money for their future.

Funding has been secured for over half of these precious girls, but there are still 60 waiting to be sponsored.

What is Urgently Needed Today:
The cost to graduate is $350 per girl (or an additional $21,000 for the complete graduation).
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Time is running out, you can help make their dreams come true today!

PLEASE GIVE TODAY

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Pat Bradley’s Turning Point

Pat and Francis

You and Me Forever perfectly symbolizes Pat Bradley’s turning point.

“When you’re on a mission. When God puts this thing in your heart, and you really find it, its not work, it’s a privilege…If married people want to know how to be missional – there are about 3,000 verses in the bible that deal with about poverty and injustice, pick one and you’ll be in the middle of God’s will.” – Pat Bradley

In his recent book, You And Me Forever – Marriage In Light of Eternity, Francis Chan and his wife Lisa address the question that many couples wonder at the altar: “How do I have a great marriage?” Setting aside typical topics on marriage, Francis and Lisa dive into Scripture and experience to understand what it means to have a relationship that satisfies the deepest parts of our souls.

Jesus was right. We have it all backward. The way to have a great marriage is to not focus on marriage.

Whether you are single, dating, or married, this book will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it.

You and Me Forever brings to light the remarkable story of the birth of Crisis Aid International. Out of the ashes of Pat and Sue Bradley’s marriage came something special.

Will you help others in whatever way you can today?
Contact us for more info or accept Pat Bradley’s Challenge:

“REFUSE TO DO NOTHING”

Watch this short video – hear Pat and Sue’s journey of adventure and answering God’s challenge to save lives, save souls, and the change futures. Footage from You and Me Forever – Marriage in Light of Eternity Authored by Francis and Lisa Chan.

For More on Francis, Lisa, Pat, and Sue’s experiences – WATCH  “In Light of Eternity” – an original documentary created by RightNow Media

2017 Annual Report

Annual Report 2017

2017 was a year blessed by God and you.

You literally came to the rescue of people you have never met. You selflessly stepped out and became their hero… the difference between life and death for many of them and an answer to many desperate prayers. They may never have the privilege of knowing you, but we do, and we THANK YOU for being that life-giving answer for them. Below is a list of what you helped make possible this past year…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017

We served 237,777 people and distributed over 1.68 million pounds of food!


EAST AFRICA

Nutritional Feeding Programs

• Served 133,402 people, including 20,817 severely malnourished children, a total of 8,004,120 supplementary meals (1,571,808 pounds)

Health Programs

• Treated 29,159 patients

• Through Hand of Hope Medical Mission Trip, an additional 3,306 patients were treated

Child Sponsorship Programs

• Sponsored 105 children with food, clothing, school supplies, and other essentials (all children were from the community, Children’s Home, and your Safe Homes)

Children’s Home

• Provided a loving home for 30 young girls left orphaned in the streets

Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)

• Served 30 girls and their 13 children through the Refuge Homes; with an additional 30 girls that have graduated and moved to Phase 2 of independent living

Mercy Chapel (Vocational Training Center)

• Provided training for six individual vocational training programs; computer science, sewing, hair-dressing, silk-screen printing, weaving, and leather crafts

• 98 girls were enrolled in the Vocational Training program with 90 graduating (92% completion/graduation rate) and moved on to a brighter future


Water Wells

• Completed 12 water wells in remote areas of East Africa; providing thousands with clean water for the first time

Speed Schools

• Provided a school for 4,025 children through the Speed School Program

UNITED STATES

Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)

• Provided services for 39 young women and girls, including 16 minors

• Served young women whose ages ranged from 14 to 46

• Provided them with a home for an average stay of six months

Wings Love & Care Center

• Provided 14,239 people (4,788 families) with 71,272 pounds of food through your Food Distribution Program

• Provided coats for 350 children and adults this past winter

• 113 children received Christmas gifts and groceries

• Provided 201 families with Thanksgiving groceries and 162 families with Christmas groceries

• You hosted 44 weeks of After School Program each Thursday during the school year and 10 weeks of VBS Program through the summer

Volunteers

• Our dedicated volunteers are a tremendous support. Their hard work and time in the office and during special events are why Crisis Aid is able to do what we do with your gifts. In 2017 we were blessed to have 370 volunteers / 7,632 hours

2018 Annual Report

A Celebration of Restoration and Hope

When we first met Kacee, the Red Light District was her home. She was broken and afraid, distrusting everyone, especially men. Her journey toward restoration was a rocky one, but through your committed partnership, she graduated from Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Center, became a teacher to those still trapped, and is now an active leader in the Crisis Aid Global Safe Campaign.

However, Kacee’s story does not end here. In February 2017, she walked down the aisle to the love of her life with Pat and Sue Bradley by her side as her honorary parents. Now, that is a success story!

Thank you for your continued support.

There is still so much more to do.

If you have not given before we invite to join us as a group of people who refuse to do nothing. It is your giving that “saves lives, saves souls and changes futures.”

God Bless You,

Pat & Sue Bradley


2017 Board of Directors

Patrick Bradley, Chairman

President & CEO, Crisis Aid International

Susan Bradley, Vice President,

CFO, Crisis Aid International

Dane Welch D.D.S., Board Vice President

Dentist, private practice

Mike Lemp, Secretary

Executive Pastor, Life Church

Jerry Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Advertising Executive, self-employed

Chris Igo, Director

Engineer, Kimley-Horn & Associates

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Wings 2017 Year End Report

WINGS Bless this House

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/