“I wish every kid in the world had a good home, too.”
Your gift today will go toward making K’Hairi’s wish come true!
K’Hairi used to crawl onto Santa Claus’ lap every Christmas season and ask for a gift that proved to be a little too hard for ol’ Saint Nick to deliver. No, he didn’t wish for toys, a pony or even for his sickle-cell anemia to be cured.
He only wished for his mother — U.S. Army veteran Carla Ross — to have a good home.
Well, Santa couldn’t grant that wish … but Fuller Center for Housing supporters like you made it happen. This past June, volunteers worked alongside Carla and family members during a two-week build in West Point, Georgia, with the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project. This Christmas, Carla and K’Hairi will celebrate the holiday in a simple but beautiful new home in West Point.
When we asked K’Hairi what he wanted this Christmas now that he and his mother have a decent home, we expected to hear a list of cool toys and electronics. Instead, K’Hairi thought for a moment and looked up with those earnest dark eyes and said, “I wish every kid in the world had a good home, too.”
We find K’Hairi’s spirit and selflessness inspiring. It’s a mind-set shared by thousands of Fuller Center for Housing volunteers and donors just like you who believe that everyone ought to have a simple, decent, affordable home.
We just completed another record building year of building and volunteering thanks to the generosity and selflessness of others. As our support has grown, our overhead has remained minimal. In fact, our latest independent financial audit shows that 90 percent of gifts to The Fuller Center go directly to program. Considering nonprofit standards that suggest at least 66.6 percent should go to program, we are proud of that ratio! You made it happen. And you can do it again.
But this ministry is not about numbers. It’s about children in Bolivia who will not have to worry about growing up around deadly chagas bugs who share their mud shacks. It’s about seniors in Perry, Georgia, who will be able to stay in the homes they love but had struggled to repair. It’s about military veterans in Shreveport, Louisiana, who rose from the depths of despair, homelessness and addiction to build a new life. It’s about helping families overcome flooding and other natural disasters in Texas, Louisiana, Haiti and Nepal. It’s about families building a brighter future in Louisville, Indianapolis, Macon, Tallahassee and 70 cities across the United States, as well as in El Salvador, Thailand, India, Nicaragua, Peru, Nigeria, Armenia and 20 countries around the world.
Thank you for extending a hand-up instead of a handout through The Fuller Center. Remember that our families are not charity recipients but full partners in a unique empowering process. They work alongside our volunteers and repay the costs of materials over time on terms they can afford with zero interest charged and no profit made. Those repayments go into a Fund for Humanity to help others get the same hand-up. Thus, your gifts to The Fuller Center are recycled — over and over again.
K’Hairi appreciates you, and we appreciate you.
May God bless you and yours in the coming year 2018!