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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2010-05-16 17:44:03
Subject: Note About Donations

Sometimes we receive unexpected donations from people that just want to bless the boys or perhaps help with special needs (such as Gerardo's health care). We try to acknowledge the special donations with a short personal email simply so that the gift givers know that the donations have been received. In some cases these acknowledgements are well delayed; in other cases they are not sent at all. Here is a short explanation for both:

Some of the donations sent to the home are sent via "Lighthouse Missions" in North Dakota. The lion share of the donations are sent to Lighthouse. The man whom handles the checks and deposits does so at no cost to us. He typically makes deposits to the home account once or twice a month. So, it is possible that someone could send a check at the end of one month and we not know about it for a couple months later. For example, if a donor sent a check at the end of March, it may not arrive until after the April deposit. It would wait until the May deposit. Only then do we get a statement that shows who sent what.

Other donations are given at our home church of Restoration Church in Euless, Texas. We've been members in Restoration since 1991 and still consider ourselves planted in that body even though we live over a 1000 miles away. When donations are sent to Restoration, they do not have the manpower to keep up with a record of donors, so we simply don't know who sent extra. We would see the extra donations in the monthly deposit, but wouldn't know who sent it.

We are extremely grateful for the resources that the body of Christ plants at Hope Farm. We do everything possible to stretch the resources in order to maximize the benefit to the boys and families here. Many blessings to you for your help here!

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