News 2008

News from the Projects - 2008

Dear Sponsors,

December 3, 2008

Greetings and best wishes to you, we hope and pray that this letter finds you well. We'd like to send our heart-felt wishes for a Merry Christmas and Joyful New Year. May the Child Jesus bless you abundantly in the year to come.


We are shocked and saddened to share with you about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26th. Although we are 500 miles away it has affected all of India. Please keep us in your prayers.


We are hearing a lot in the news about the financial situation in U.S. and we are praying that things will change soon. We want you to be strong and over come with faith and courage.


We left the United States in September and are safely settled back in India where we're able to pursue our passion, working directly with the needy families and individuals of the Foundation for Children in Need. All of our projects in India are going well. Due to your generosity, we are able to offer aid to so many of the less fortunate. For this we are deeply grateful and we ask that you continue your kind support, we couldn't do any of this without you. It is truly a blessing to feel the love and support each one of you shows through sponsorship.


Foundation for Children in Need has made tremendous progress in the past six years. We wouldn't be where we are without the dedicated and tireless support of our Executive Secretary Gail Walton, who's been with FCN for the last six years. It's with sadness that we announce Gail has resigned to help with the care of her mother and sister along with taking care of some personal matters. She will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best and are so grateful for all she's done for FCN. Gail and her husband Al were incredibly generous for hosting the FCN office in their home for the last six years. Their contributions helped us to build a strong foundation for FCN and we can't imagine how we could have accomplished so much without their help. May God bless them.

We are pleased to announce that FCN has hired Sheilya Swan and Sue Dunn as part time helpers at our office in Arlington Heights. Sheilya is the Director of operations and is in charge of the FCN Office. Sue is the Director of the Sponsorship program. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions regarding your sponsorship. Sheilya@fcnindia.org, Sue@fcnindia.org or via phone at 847-670-1145.

We are able to send reminder email one month before your sponsorship payment date as many sponsors have requested. Please email Sheilya or Sue if your have not received such email reminders or if your email ID has changed.

We encourage you to send letters, photos, greeting cards and stickers to your sponsored individuals, they enjoy them so much. Please make a note that we're changing the mailing address for letters to your sponsored individuals. Kindly send them directly to India to the address below. The detailed information can be found on our web site: www.fcnindia.org and click on SPONSORSHIP for details.

A reminder: It helps us tremendously when you use this format and address for all communication to your sponsored individuals:

(Name of your sponsored individual and the ID number)

Foundation for Children in Need

Porumamilla -516 193

Kadapa District, A.P.

India

Please continue to send all your donations to:

FCN, PO Box: 1247

Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1247

All the checks are processed and tax letters are sent from FCN Office in Arlington Heights. Please send your sponsorship payment stub together with your check or mention the ID number in the memo section of your check.

With much excitement and gratitude we're happy to announce that on November 17th we had the blessing and opening of Casey and Melanie Barber Memorial Chapel at St. Xavier's home for the Aged. FCN takes care of fifty elderly at this wonderful home. Please visit our website for more details. www.fcnindia.org.

You are often in our thoughts and prayers. We give thanks every day for your continued support and none of our work would be possible without your generosity. Please feel free to email us. You are remembered daily in the prayers and hearts of the sponsored individuals and families of FCN. We humbly ask for your continued prayers and generous donations that allow us to do so much for those who would otherwise have no where else to turn.

Thanking you once again and wishing you all the best.

With Love and Prayers,

Tom Chitta & Dr. Geetha Yeruva

Casey and Melanie Barber Memorial Chapel

Dear Friends,

November 18, 2008


With much excitement and gratitude we’re happy to announce that on November 17, 2008 we had the blessing and opening of Casey and Melanie Barber Memorial Chapel at St. Xavier’s Home for the Aged. We are glad that we could accomplish this with your support. We are honored that Mary Jones Wilson and her son, Ian were able to join us for this great event. We thank Mary Ian and all of you who have contributed for the construction of this chapel. We thank God for the gift of Casey and Melanie in our lives.

Casey and Melanie have been very dear to all of us. They both were only 40 years and died in a fatal car accident on July 31st 2006. We will miss them for the rest of our lives. We are recovering from the shock and asking God to give us strength and courage. We have been praying for all the family and friends and especially for Nick, Cullen and Albert their three children. Though Casey and Melanie are not with us physically yet their spirit is still vibrant and alive. May God grant them Eternal Rest.

Casey and Melanie have been helping us in our mission work in many ways. They have shared with many of you about our ministry. Some family members and friends have expressed that they would like to do something in memory of Casey and Melanie through our Foundation. We thought and prayed and decided that we would build a chapel in Memory of Casey and Melanie at St. Xavier's home for the Aged in India. This home presently has 50 elderly who stay with us. They are provided with food, clothing and medical care totally free of cost.

We invite you to participate in the beautiful work of FCN in memory of Casey and Melanie. Please make your donation to Foundation for Children in Need or FCN and mail it to:

FCN, PO Box: 1247
Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1247

Please kindly share this information with all the family members and friends. Thanking you and wishing you the Grace and Strength of Christ.

With Love and Prayers,

Dr. Geetha & Tom

Dear Friends,

June 2008

Greetings and best wishes to you all. I am happy to share that God bas been blessing us in our work. FCN has made tremendous progress this past year. We are sponsoring 1,600 children and college students and 50 elderly through our sponsorship program. It is a great blessing for the needy.

Our sponsors continue to visit the sponsorship projects in India. Their experiences are priceless.

Please visit our website: www.fcnindia.org for more details.

On behalf of the many needy that we serve, I thank you for your kindness and generosity. This annual report will provide you a brief glimpse or our sponsorship program. We are truly thankful to you for your support. You are in the hearts and prayers of everyone that we serve.

Sincerely,

Tom Chitta

Tax Receipt:

In the past, FCN has sent a tax letter/receipt in January for all donations received during the previous year. Beginning January 2008, we will mail a tax receipt each time we receive a donation. You should expect the receipt about two weeks after the donation reaches our offices. These multiple receipts or single receipts will replace the once yearly receipts of the past; take care to save them for your tax records.

Your Sponsorship Donation Stub:

As many of you have requested, we’re working on a system of reminders for Sponsorship donation due dates. Beginning this year, each Sponsor’s tax receipt will have a stub indicating when your next Sponsorship donation is due. Please send your check together with this stub.

When we receive sponsorship donations on time it allows us to continue to focus on our ministry rather than having to take time to follow up with phone calls or emails to remind each individual sponsor of due dates. As most of you know, we work hard to keep all administrative costs to a minimum in order to direct our funds where they’re needed most, to the individuals you sponsor and the projects of FCN. Please understand us and help us.

Email sponsorship reminders:

Along with sending out donation reminders with tax receipts, we are developing an email program that will generate email reminders for all those who send Sponsorship donations annually or semi-annually.

Please send your current email address to: GAILFCN@aol.com and remember to update us when your information changes. Your contact information will only be used for these reminders and will not be shared with any organizations other than FCN.

Gift Fund:

We sincerely thank you for your kind and generous donation for the Gift Fund. We're able to share holiday joy and bring a smile to the faces of each sponsored individual as well as many other needy children through the Gift Fund. You can be sure that these gifts bring much gratitude from all those involved in FCN.

You're welcome to send your donation for the Gift Fund anytime during the year. If you're able to combine your Sponsorship donation and your Gift Fund donation in one check it will help to reduce paper work on our end, this is always appreciated! Just include a note indicating each amount so we know how to allocate the funds.

How we maintain the files:

At the FCN office we maintain an individual file for each sponsor. Photos and the family background of your sponsored individual are kept in this file. We make two copies of each check you send. One copy is kept in your file and the other is kept with the weekly bank deposit report. All this information is entered into our computer program. We are very meticulous about how we maintain our records.

Sponsorship Payment Options:

To reduce FCN office work and expenses we request that you send your sponsorship donation annually or semi-annually We understand that's not always possible, if quarterly donations work better for you please let us know. As we mentioned, it's our goal to direct as much of our time and financial resources where it matters most. Any way we can expedite that with your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Please remember to mention the name of the person you sponsor in the memo section of your check or the ID if possible or mail your check together with the payment stub that you receive.

We appreciate you taking the time to help up us in these ways; we know how busy all of you are. By keeping our administrative tasks and costs down, we will be able to help a greater number of people who are in need.

Dear Friends,

Jan 16, 2008

We hope that 2008 is a wonderful year for all of you. You're in our thoughts and prayers daily. We want you to know how grateful we are to have generous hearted people like you as part of the FCN family. We have mailed the tax letter for your generous donation in 2007. We can't put into words how thankful we are that your kindness allows us to continue the work we're most passionate about.

Foundation for Children in Need is celebrating our sixth year. We’ve worked hard to establish FCN and it’s wonderful to reflect on the last 6 years and think about how far we’ve come. We wouldn’t be where we are without people like you. We take great pride in knowing that, with your help, we’ve been able to touch many of the less fortunate in our rural villages of India. We plan to continue working hard to ensure that people, who would otherwise have nowhere to turn, are offered education, comfort and support through the Projects of FCN. We are constantly reminded of how blessed we are.

We send our greatest wishes for continued blessings in your own life. May God return the generosity you’ve shown many times over. We still have work to do and hope that you are able to continue helping us. We’ve built a solid Foundation, with dedicated and committed founders, board members and co-workers. To keep our office expenses low we depend a lot on volunteers and have been graced with many who are happy to share their time with us. By keeping our administrative overhead low we can continue to direct our time and resources where they’re needed most, to the people you help through FCN in rural India.

We have mailed a letter/receipt for donations received during 2007. You’re kindness means so much to us; we can’t begin to thank you enough. We hope to affect great changes for those who cannot help themselves and it’s only because of your generosity that we’re able to do so. We humbly ask each of you to be ambassadors and advocates of FCN. There are many people who still need our help. If each of us tells a friend or family member the message of our ministry will reach many people.

Please take a moment to read about “ tax receipts and reminders”; we’ve included details about the new procedure for sending your tax receipts. We’ve also included information about our new email reminders to sponsors, silent auction ideas and FCN Day. By helping us in the ways we mention, we can cut down on extra work on our offices. We always appreciate your efforts in these matters.

Thanking you once again and wishing you a peace-filled New Year.

A Merry Christmas to you. Thank you once again and wish you the very best in 2008.

Wish Love and Prayers,

Dr. Geetha Yeruva & Tom Chitta

Christmas Gifts - December 2007

We are very grateful to all the sponsors who were kind to send a donation to the GIFT FUND.Please click here to see our GIFT POLICY.


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