Holiday Support Program

2017 “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS……”

Holiday Support Program

 Help give someone a merry Christmas!

Thank you to all that helped make our 2016 Holiday Support Program the success that it was!  With so many more in need each year, we know that we could not have assisted the families we did without your help.  Our goal again this year is to have every family member we have elected to sponsor through this program receive at least one gift this Christmas and thanks to sponsors and supporters like you assisting us by:

  • Hosting a Toy, Gift, & Stocking Stuffer Collection Drive at your location
  • Adopting one or more families through our Adopt-A-Family program (see holiday stories below)
  • Donating items or gifts toward any of the families or stocking stuffers (Click here for wish list)
  • Making a monetary donation and we do the shopping
  • Volunteering time for our HSP workshop, pick-ups, or deliveries
  • Contributing to our HSP Toy & Gift and Stuff the Stocking Drives (click Here for our wish list)

Please let us know if you, and maybe your friends, family, or co-workers would like to help us provide families and children in the community with a happier holiday in 2017!  Our organization knows that without your support, we would not be successful in our efforts to improve the quality of life for the low-income families that we serve. Your help was and is very much appreciated in making the holiday season brighter and encouraging a more positive outlook for low-income families and communities.

We want you to know that, unlike most holiday programs, we encourage a 12-month commitment from those families that receive support through our  Adopt-A-Family program component. This commitment involves enrollment in our L.E.A.P. Program (if not already enrolled) and allows us to help them plan and to track their progress toward improving their own conditions for a more secure quality of life. During that time, we work with the families on short- and long-term goal-setting and taking action steps, and financial management, plus any other life-skills training necessary to help them elevate.  We do not believe in giving handouts, but in giving a hand up!  Thank you again for your hand up to us and to the program’s families!

A special thanks to our 2016 Holiday Support Program supporters and sponsors

                                                   

AETNA BETTER HEALTH OF MISSOURI
the SA Group
Nina, Crystal & Andre
Deborah Ogunti
Marina Andrews
the Ellis Family
the Bosmans
the Eichelberger family
the Harris family
All anonymous supporters
All HSP volunteers
All Stocking Stuffers 

R.A.A.!’s 2017 Holiday Support Program Stories

Family ID #4726

ADOPTED BY S.A.

Single mother of two just recently transitioned to Missouri from Illinois and is working to rebuild her life following her move.  Though her family is in need of necessities, she makes sure she is involved with her children’s activities and school.  She says it’s important when you have children that you have to show them it’s not their fault no matter what you’re going through.  And you do that by spending positive time with them and taking an interest in their lives.  She knows that if she stays strong and focused, she’ll be able to look back on their current lack of food, appropriate clothing and household necessities for her family as another hurdle they overcame.  A holiday blessing is in order here and can help her in her efforts to clear the hurdle.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 20 11 Large 8 1/2
Child #1 F 7 7/8 7/8 3
Child #2 F 1 18-24 month 18-24 month 5

#4726 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries
Adult #1 – clothes, toiletries, iPad, gift card
Child #1 – clothes, Leap Frog toys, tablet, coat
Child #2 – clothes, baby dolls, learning toys, shoes

 

Family ID #4731

This mother of 3 uses all the income she earns working full-time trying to keep her rent and utilities paid.  There is rarely much left over for things like a set of real dishes or even toiletries.  Despite that mom feels her family is blessed because at least they have a consistent place to lay their heads and be together.  It is this time a year, though, that she gets a little depressed because she knows she’s not going to jeopardize the security of having a home for things that are wants.  She does admit it would be fantastic if just once, there was a way her children can be showered with gifts like other families are for Christmas.

Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 35 1X 1X 7 1/2
Child #1 F 17 18 Large 5 1/2
Child #2 M 16 XL M 5 1/2
Child #3 F 5 5 5T 10 or 11

#4731 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, household cleaning supplies, laptop or tablet
Adult #1 – clothes, Visa gift card, dishes, perfume
Child #1 – clothes, shoes or boots, jewelry, cell phone
Child #2 – clothes, shoes, coat, socks, cell phone
Child #3 – clothes, shoes, coat, toys

 

Family ID #4738

ADOPTED BY S.A.

Single mother of 2, who has had three recent deaths in her family.  These family members were very important to her and an intricate part of her support system.  Shortly after her losses, mom lost her job and subsequently, her car.  Within the past few months, she has been able to obtain a part-time job that she is grateful for.  However, it is not enough to pay their bills and meet their basic needs, let along provide Christmas gifts to her children.  Though she would love to be able to celebrate the holidays with new clothes and toys for them, she must keep her priorities straight and just prays they understand.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 32 22 2X 11
Child #1 F 9 Large Juniors Large 5
Child #2 M 4 5/6 4/6 12 1/2

#4738 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries
Adult #1 – pajamas, pants, shoes, gift card
Child #1 – clothes, shoes, bike, dolls, Xbox 360 games or controller, board games
Child #2 – clothes, shoes, socks, learning games, bike with training wheels, toys

 

Family ID #4741

Young single mother of one child that is 14 months old is having a hard time financially.  Her work as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant barely pays enough to cover their basic living expenses.  Not one to give up, she continues to do the best she can to provide a stable and loving home for her child.  A little help now and again would be appreciated.

 Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 19 16 Large 9
 Child #1 F 14 months 18-24 months 18-24 months 5 toddler

#4741 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries, household cleaning supplies, dishes, pots and pans
Adult #1 – warm coat or jacket, shoes, personal care items, bus pass or tickets
Child #1 – clothes, shoes, toys, learning toys, baby soap/shampoo, coat

 

Family ID #4744

Mother of 3 has had a few challenging years since losing her husband.  Despite being a stay-at-home mom for most of her children’s life, her family has really adapted to her having to work now.  Though they are starting to rise above the hardship her husband’s death and her not having worked for a while, mom is striving to provide for her children the best she can.  A Christmas blessing would be greatly appreciated.

Family Member

Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 30 14 Large 8
Child #1 M 3 4T 4T 9
Child #2 F 8 10 10 2
Child #3 M 13 30W/32L Medium (men’s) 12 men’s

#4744 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries, towels, gas card
Adult #1 – clothes, queen size comforter set, coat
Child #1 – clothes, socks, underwear, coat, hat/gloves set, kid’s basket ball hoop
Child #2 – clothes, socks, underwear, coat, hat/gloves set, Easy Bake Oven
Child #3 – clothes, coat, queen size comforter set, queen headboard and boxspring, Playstation 4 or Xbox One (don’t care if it’s used)

 

Family ID #4750

ADOPTED BY S.A.

This young family of three needs some assistance this holiday season.  Dad is working a full time minimum wage job and has trouble making ends meet from month to month.  He recently received custody of his oldest daughter, which he is very happy to have, but at the same time worried about how he will handle the additional expense until he is able to find better employment.  Another dad more committed to doing all he can to provide for and raise his two girls properly, would be hard to find.  Any holiday assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 M 27 34W/32L Large 10 1/2
Child #1 F 4 7/8 7/8 12
Child #2 F 2 3T 3T 9 1/2

#4750 Wish List

Family – toiletries (sensitive skin), groceries, household cleaning supplies
Adult #1 – coat, workout clothes, shoes, jump rope, gift card
Child #1 – clothes, princess or Barbie doll, doll house, play jewelry, dress up outfits
Child #2 – clothes, Troll or Moana toys, doll, play kitchen/food, shoes

 

Family ID #4753

Young widow is diligently trying to raise her child on her own while going to work full-time and trying to get settled into a new home after a sudden illness claimed her husband.  And even while the pain of losing her husband of 5 years is still fresh, she manages to remain upbeat and is thankful that they had him as long as they did.  Her daughter is such a bright, well-mannered child that Mom wishes she could she could provide her with some of the extras that many others take for granted.  Or at least replace a few of the things they had to give up to help cover necessary expenses when she wasn’t working many hours.  She is such a responsible and positive minded young lady, that it would be great if they were given a holiday blessing.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 23 15 Junior Large 9 1/2
Child #1 F 9 20 Plus Girls 18/20 Girls 6

#4753 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries, TV, bath and kitchen towels, storage containers
Adult #1 – shoes, clothes (favorite color is light blue), Wal-Mart or Target gift card
Child #1 – clothes, coat, boots, tablet, science kits, socks, underwear

 

Family ID #4755

Widower was doing okay taking care of his family after his wife’s death from senseless violence. Having to downsize and needing a change, he moved his family back to St. Louis after securing employment here and a place for them to stay until he could build up the necessary time on the job and look for the perfect house to buy.  Even though he earns less money now, his family was adjusting to being in a new environment until someone broke into their apartment while he was at work and took almost all their belongings, including boxes he hadn’t had a chance to unpack yet.  And with no real witnesses, no security, and no chance to get insurance yet, it was just more loss.  The neighbor said she figured he just had movers bringing more of his things when she saw the truck as she was leaving.  A co-worker referred him to R.A.A. who helped him replace furniture items and clothes that were taken, but the mementos of his wife that he had in those boxes are irreplaceable. Now instead of saving for a house, he’s been trying to replace necessary items without getting too far behind on anything.  A little holiday cheer may be just what the doctor ordered for this family.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 M 53 36W/34L XX-large 10 1/2
Child #1 F 16 11 Junior/8 ladies Medium ladies 10 – 10 1/2
Child #2 M 15 18 18 10

#4755 Wish List

Family – TV, full and twin sheets/comforters, silverware, DVD player or cordless phone/answering machine
Adult #1 – gift card, athletic shoes, for some of the kids’ stuff to be replaced if possible
Child #1 – coat, clothes, round toe flats, jewelry box, jewelry, laptop
Child #2 – jeans, pants, boots or athletic shoes, gaming system (had an Xbox 360 for making honor roll)

 

Family ID #4762

Young married couple with 2-year old son are trying to recover from Dad’s loss of income after having to take care of a sick parent that had no medical insurance.  Mom has been picking up more stable hours at work and Dad is now working again, but they know it is going to take a while for before they can get back on track.  Gifts for the holidays for a 2-year old that firmly believes that Daddy is Santa and gives “peasants” is just not in the cards for them this time around.  Dad knows their little guy will be disappointed and is too young to understand why there’ll be a tree without colorful boxes for him under it, but it can’t be helped.  He’d rather his family be sheltered and warm, than spending money that they don’t have and buying things they can’t afford.    
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 M 26 44W/30L 2X 10 1/2
Adult #2 F 26 10/12 Medium 8
Child #1 M 2 2T/3T 2T/3T 7

#4762 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries, gas gift card
Adult #1 – dress clothes (dark colors), socks, undershirts
Adult #2 – clothes, purse, Fandango or restaurant gift card for a date night with hubby
Child #1 – clothes, Pull-up training pants, underwear, learning toys

 

Family ID #4766

ADOPTED BY S.A.

Mother of 4 that is trying to make ends meet all while getting her children some extra help with learning.  With Mom’s husband being out of the picture and unable to contribute financially for the past three years, the bills have added up.  To add more strife, she was taken advantage of when she tried to buy a car.  Her car payments are very high and she is now behind on making the payments.  She is determined to claw her way out of the rut her family has fallen into, but that doesn’t mean she can’t hope for a little help along the way.  It would be nice if this family was indeed granted a holiday blessing.

Family Member

Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 30 3 Small 5
Child #1 M 5 6 5T 10
Child #2 M 13 14 Medium 6 1/2
Child #3 M 10 10 Medium 3
Child #4 M 8 7 Medium

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#4766 Wish List

Family – toiletries, groceries, TV, washer/dryer
Adult #1 – clothes, shoes, socks, gas card
Child #1 – clothes, socks, pajamas, Legos, cars and trucks
Child #2 – clothes, coat, laptop or hoverboard
Child #3 – clothes, boots, PlayStation 4, tablet or hoverboard
Child #4 – clothes, shoes, PlayStation 3, tablet or hoverboard

 

Family ID #4772

ADOPTED BY S.A.

This single mother of 4, including a set of twins, has been facing a challenging time. Her family was evicted due to the negligence of their landlord not paying property taxes.  Now facing homelessness, they have been staying between the homes of two close relatives, and have even spent a few nights sleeping in less than ideal places that she prefers not to ever have to repeat.  Mom has been given resource information that she is following up on to help find housing, clothing, and food items.  A wonderful Christmas blessing is what this family needs.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 30 15 Juniors X-large 8
Child #1 M 9 8 7/8 13
Child #2 F 6 6 6 8
Child #3 M 6 6/7 6/7 10
Child #4 M 5 6/7 6/7 10

#4772 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, housing payment/deposit assistance
Adult #1 – deodorant, clothes, shoes, socks, robe, slippers
Child #1 – clothes, guitar, tablet, socks
Child #2 – clothes, Barbie Playhouse, Barbie dolls, underwear
Child #3 –  clothes, remote control airplane, karaoke machine, coat
Child #4 –  clothes, remote control car, drums or tablet, shoes

 

Family ID #4774

ADOPTED BY S.A.

Mom has been working to keep a stable environment for her and her son, while battling with her son’s learning disability.  He is 12 years old learning at a first-grade level.  Mom works and tries very hard to manage her resources but still faces challenges month to month.  And recently having to move due to landlord issues, those resources have been stretched to the point of breaking.  Even trying to get a bed frame for her son has been difficult financially.  Her son loves the holidays so she would appreciate any assistance she’s given to help her put that megawatt smile of his on his face this Christmas.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 38 18/20 X-large 9 1/2
Child #1 M 12 34W/34L Medium (Men’s) 10 1/2

#4774 Wish List

Family – groceries or grocery store gift card, microwave cart, deep freezer
Adult #1 – queen sheets/comforter, clothes, coat
Child #1 – full-size bed frame, full-size sheets/comforter, clothes, boots, socks, learning toys (1st grade level)

 

Family ID #4779

ADOPTED BY S.A.

Mom and her 6 children have experienced severe financial losses and disruption to their family unit.  The simpler things in life, like cleaning supplies, toiletries, and food, that were easy to come by have now become a struggle.  Mom feels like as the sole parent and provider for her family that she has fell short and is letting her family down.  While she is trying to recover from setbacks, she most wants her family to be safe, happy, and comfortable.  Her family is very loving toward one another and try to be upbeat despite their situation and it’s this that gives Mom strength and hope.  Blessings for this family would be a welcomed joy.

Family Member

Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 35 15 X-large 10
Child #1 F 14 13 Medium 8
Child #2 F 4 4T/5T 4T/5T 11
Child #3 M 2 months 6 months 6 months 6 months
Child #4 F 7 12 12 3
Child #5 M 17 Large Large 10 1/2
Child #6 M 18 Large Large

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#4779 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, mortgage payment assistance
Adult #1 – tennis shoes, Home Depot gift card, red or black pea coat, king-size comforter set
Child #1 – clothes, coat, shoes, Kohls, Rue 21, H&M, or Footlocker gift card
Child #2 – Baby Alive doll, clothes, shoes, dress up clothes, handwriting/cursive tablet
Child #3 –  clothes, shoes, baby bath, Pampers size 3, sensory/learning toys, snowsuit or coat
Child #4 –  clothes, shoes, Lion King movie, handwriting/cursive tablet, Amazon Kindle tablet
Child #5 –  clothes, shoes, coat, Kohls, H&M, Footlocker or Visa gift card
Child #6 –  clothes, shoes, coat, Game Stop, Kohl’s or Visa gift card

 

Family ID #4780

Single mother and 5-year disabled son recently transitioned into permanent housing after having been homeless when the son’s disability became too much for the person they had been living with.  Knowing that not everyone understands her son and his needs like she does, she does not harbor any ill-feelings toward that person.  She reflects on the homelessness as just one more hurdle she had to overcome in her determination to take care of her son.  And even though they don’t even a table to eat meals on or a sofa to sit on, Mom is very excited for her little family to have a place to call their own. 
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 32 20 22/24 10 – 10 1/2
Child #1 M 5 10/12 10/12 4

#4780 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, blankets, 2 heaters with safety shut-off
Adult #1 – coat (size 4X), boots, large purse, personal toiletries, clothes
Child #1 – clothes, coat, Easy Bake Oven or karaoke machine, toy robot or learning toys

 

Family ID #4785

Mother with health issues that keep her from working now is just asking for a little help until she can get back on her feet.  She is scheduled to undergo surgery after the holidays and is worried about the strain the extended time off will place on their already limited resources.  Already in a home that needs to be weatherized, she hopes that she’ll be able to find a way to keep their utilities on during the winter months.  Because surgeries are a scary thing even in the best of circumstances, she would like this holiday season to be an extra special one for her daughter so that she’s given something else to focus on, even if only for a little while.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 49 20 20 8 1/2
Child #1 F 16 1X 1X 8 1/2

#4785 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, home weatherization, utility payment assistance
Adult #1 – flat-soled shoes (no heels), walking cane, pants, flannel pajamas
Child #1 – clothes, space heater, cymbals, hair care items, mirror, thermal undergarments, socks

 

Family ID #4790

Disabled grandparent now taking care of her grandchildren without any additional support.  Her only source of income is barely enough to cover her living expenses and her medical needs, but she does the best she can to make it stretch far enough to provide for the children.  Grandmother has gone without medication because the children needed clothes or shoes.  Though she shouldn’t have to choose between her health and her grandkids, she will do it each and every time it’s necessary.  The children have really settled down and starting to smile more again.  It’d be nice if she had a way to keep them that way through what will be a difficult time since it’s the first holiday season without their mother.  Any assistance with gifts for them would be greatly appreciated.
Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 64 18 X-large 9 1/2 Wide
Child #1 M 3 4T 4T 7 toddlers
Child #2 F 3 4T 4T 7 toddlers
Child #3 F 4 5T 5T 4
Child #4 F 10 10 slim 10/12 4
Child #5 M 8 14 husky 10/12 6

#4790 Wish List

Family – groceries, toiletries, gas card
Adult #1 – jeans, sweaters, purse, lavender Epson salts, Wal-Mart gift card
Child #1 – clothes, pajamas, slippers, educational game or toy, toy truck, bike
Child #2 – clothes, pajamas, slippers, telephone for kids, baby doll and house, bike
Child #3 – clothes, pajamas, slippers, dolls, doll house, games like Candyland or Operation
Child #4 –  clothes, pajamas, slippers, tablet, Legos, Bingo or Tic Tac Toe game
Child #5 –  clothes, pajamas, slippers, Checkers game, basketball, baseball and glove,12-month Xbox Live Gold

 

Family ID #4793

Adopted by P.W.

After losing her husband, who suffered from dementia, last Thanksgiving, wife is still struggling to tackle their debt with little income.  Having been off work for so long to help provide care for him and having already given up their furnishings, she has had to literally start over and took the first job she could get.  Unfortunately, the chemicals she worked with was affecting her health and the doctor insisted she quit.  She is back to looking for employment and has begun taking computer training courses also.  Though the property manager where she lives has been working with her, she is worried about losing her home if she doesn’t find stable sufficient income soon.  She’s just praying and trusting that she will be blessed with a reprieve soon.

 Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 58 14/16 Large or X-large 8 Wide

#4793 Wish List

Adult #1 – air mattress and bedding, bath towel set, coat, riding boots, groceries, personal care items, gift cards to help with rent and utilities, Metro bus pass

 

Family ID #4793

Adopted by P.W.

After losing her husband, who suffered from dementia, last Thanksgiving, wife is still struggling to tackle their debt with little income.  Having been off work for so long to help provide care for him and having already given up their furnishings, she has had to literally start over and took the first job she could get.  Unfortunately, the chemicals she worked with was affecting her health and the doctor insisted she quit.  She is back to looking for employment and has begun taking computer training courses also.  Though the property manager where she lives has been working with her, she is worried about losing her home if she doesn’t find stable sufficient income soon.  She’s just praying and trusting that she will be blessed with a reprieve soon.

 Family Member Sex Age Pants Size Shirt/Dress Size Shoe Size
Adult #1 F 58 14/16 Large or X-large 8 Wide

#4793 Wish List

Adult #1 – air mattress and bedding, bath towel set, coat, riding boots, groceries, personal care items, gift cards to help with rent and utilities, Metro bus pass

 

Holiday Support Program Adopt-A-Family Guidelines
 *Select the family or families you’re going to adopt or support
  • Contact HSP Coordinator at (314)925-0750 or (314) 863-5227 or rose@raacommittee.org.
*Provide the name or names to be listed as donors/supporters
  • Organizations/Businesses are welcome to submit logos (must be .jpeg or .gif format)
  • Names/Logos are for inclusion on web site and in printed media
  • Let us know if you wish to remain anonymous 
*Gift items can be new or gently used
  • All items, new or used, must be marked with family ID number, plus intended family member number if for specific one. (If items being given are not for any particular family or family member, just label “ANY”
  • Used items cannot be gift wrapped and should be as clean as possible/in working order
  • New items can be wrapped but must have who it is for written/labeled small buy clearly on package/bag; or our volunteers will wrap them for you
  • list of any items wrapped prior to us receiving them is required.  Please strictly adhere to this because this saves us from having to un-wrap items to ensure the appropriateness of the gifts for the intended. (Note:  an Item Tracker form will be provided for your convenience in listing items) 
  • We will re-label all gifts with actual names of the intended receiver prior to the families receiving them from us so that it is a more personal experience when they open their gifts on Christmas
  • Donors should try to  provide at least 1 roll of wrapping paper even if items are wrapped
  • Call HSP Coordinator as soon as possible if there are furniture items being donated to arrange pick up or delivery
*Gift Cards/Cash Value Cards and Restricted Monetary Donations 
  • Family names and contact information are considered confidential information and will not be shared.  Anyone wishing to assist a family with gift cards should place the cards in a sealed envelope and sign across the seal.  On the front of the envelope should be the family’s ID number (if for a particular family), card type or store name(s) and the card value amount(s).  Once the HSP Coordinator receives the sealed envelope, it will then be inserted, unopened, into another envelope and delivered to the family.
  • Monetary donations for specific needs, e.i. utility or rent payment, can be done two ways:  1) In the form of cashier’s check, money order, or company check  made payable directly to the vendor (e.i. Ameren UE) you wish to make payment to on the family’s behalf.  2) Cashier’s check, money order, or company check made payable to R.A.A.! or click DONATE below along with specific instructions on how it should be disbursed and R.A.A.! will make payment directly to vendor(s) on family’s behalf.  Under NO circumstances is cash given directly to the families. 
*Deadline is Saturday, December 16, 2017
  •  All pick ups and deliveries must be coordinated through HSP Coordinator
  • Drop-off location / Mailing address: 1268 Ferguson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63133    Note: Any items mailed must have Family ID number included. A list of contents is required by the HSP Coordinator prior to mailing for receipt verification purposes
  • Though donors are strongly encouraged to meet the December 16th deadline, exceptions may be allowed by HSP Coordinator
  • Donations may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.  Please check with your tax preparer for details