We’ve been doing some updates to our site lately, and part of that is extending a message to all of our supporters. In case you haven’t had the chance read it, I’d like to share it with you here.
Dear Friends & Supporters of Operation Kids,
You have made a measurable difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children in 2008. The donations we received helped children in local communities and across the globe. We look back with gratitude on thousands of generous donors and nearly $2 million in support received, managed and dispersed – all thanks to you.
I want you to know that each donation has made a difference this year in the lives of tens of thousands of children. Your reach has been broad, from supporting those lovable kids who are part of Best Buddies, to providing important financial assistance to children and families clinging to hope as part of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.
You have changed lives in Ghana through the Forever Young Foundation and given back a smile through Operation Smile. You crossed the globe delivering benefit through Vitamin Angel Alliance (critical childhood doses of key vitamins) and provided micro-credit loans through Enterprise Mentors. You have made kids safer in your own communities through the McGruff Safe House Network and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
You built the Edible Schoolyard, funded grants for the Foundation for Science & Mathematics Education, funded after-school programs for New Orleans Outreach, and rebuilt two playgrounds in New Orleans. You brought music education to lower income kids, helped families with children suffering from Autism and helped improve the health and futures of kids through the American Heart Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America – and that’s just the beginning.
With your continued support, we look forward to addressing more critical needs and bringing an even higher level of accountability and results.
2009 begins with assurances that we will continue our commitment to ensure that 100% of every dollar you give to Operation Kids will go directly to support proven and effective programs benefiting children.
As always, I love to hear from our supporters and what is on your minds.
Rick B. Larsen