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In late summer of 2013, expecting parents of their second child got news at a 20 week appointment that would cause them to make the first of what would be MANY decisions that would not only shape their lives, but the lives of their family and friends and now nearly a year and a half later countless others. When Todd and Jill went to that appointment the excitement of a growing baby quickly turned to numbness with the nervousness that they saw in the technicians face. By the end of several days with doctors they learned that not only did their little boy have a diaphragmatic hernia but something was seriously wrong with his heart, as in half of it wasn’t there.
The decisions started right there. Who do we see? Where do we need to go? Over the next 20 weeks the decisions didn’t stop, they just got harder. Plenty of advice told them this baby had no chance. Lots of “experts” said give up.
Not only did they not give up, they fought harder. Fought harder in faith and fought harder in prayers, which in turn rubbed off on little baby Benjamin Graham when he was born on Jan 4th, 2014. To look at Ben, he was perfect. In the absence of a backdrop of a NICU, and the monitors and wires attached to him he looked like any other blessing. In Ben’s 33 days of life, 33 more days than most people thought it would be, he and his family had great impact on so many people at Texas Children’s Hospital and beyond.
Upon Benjamin’s last breath on Feb 6, 2014 a campaign began to create a lasting memory honoring his life. Through Family Legacy and their Tree of Life Village development in Lusaka, Zambia, Benjamin’s House will continue to fight for the abandoned and orphaned kids in Africa. Benjamin’s House will be one of 12 houses, each housing 12 young children and staff to support the social, educational, and physical needs.
Caring for Community is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this story. We are small non-profit organization focused on supporting our local community. This year we get to do that by honoring a great family and very special young boy, who displayed unimaginable courage through fears, confusion, and doubt.
Please join us by supporting them as well, a local community with a global view – C4C2014: Build The House!
After a VERY long process, I am happy to announce that we have finally received our official exemption status from the IRS.
That means that as of Aug 29th, Caring for Community operates as a recognized 501 (c)(3) to serve our community in a way that will have lasting impact!
In a process that started February of 2013, with many thanks to Elizabeth Donnelly and Rae Anne Forester for helping us with initial questions and filing, we received notice on Fri that our application had been accepted and we could begin operating.
So what does this really mean to C4C?
Two ways that we can have a larger impact:
1) It allows us to expand our reach to larger business. Over the past 4 years we have had great support from our friends and local business owners that sponsor our events. With recognized status many large companies can now support us through their employees matching options and their designated charitable donations
2) It allows us to partner up with other local charitable organizations to help them in their support of our community. We hope to use our status to support fund raising activities throughout the community, Cornhole related or otherwise. . . We ARE Caring for Community, we show we care by doing whatever we can to make sure needs of people that are overwhelmed or under-resourced are met.
We are thankful for great support and prayerful to have great impact!