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Thanks to so many of you, Gracious Promise was able to provide Christmas to over 830 children. From individual donors to churches and businesses who gave generously, these children felt love and their parents were truly grateful that people cared enough to reach out in their time of need. There were many volunteers that work long hours to make sure that the gifts would be ready on time.
We also want to thank those who gave an end of the year donation and those who gave throughout this challenging year. We fully realize that times are tough, and we appreciate that, in spite of the current climate, you are still willing to give when you know that it will touch lives.
We are so excited to tell you about our plans for 2014. There is always much to do, but we believe that God is ready to do great things in our community.
As many of you have heard, things have been difficult for our organization over the last few months. We have moved from our Kansas City facility to a small office in Overland Park. At the same time, we reduced our staff by over fifty percent.
We have responded by reaching out to local churches and setting up a satellite location in Wyandotte to meet with all our clients downtown. At the same time, we have meeting with other clients at various locations (such as meeting them at the DMV to help with identification issues or meeting with them at transitional housing sites) and giving them assistance over the phone.
However, even after the downsizing, funding continues to be an issue. In mid-June, our board strongly considered closing the organization but a local church asked us to explore other funding options with them.
In the midst of all this, Fox 4 News was kind enough to feature our organization and send out a plea to continue the work that that has done so much for families in Kansas City.
Regardless of our current circumstance, we would like to say thank you to all of our donors past and present. You have allowed us to touch so many lives. We hope to touch many more.