Early numbers indicate that North Alabama United Methodists grew in their support of the United Methodist Children's Home in 2006.
The United Methodist Children's Home reports that all gifts from North Alabama Conference churches, their members and others who live in the region were approximately $985,000 in 2006. In calendar year 2005 that number was around $850,000. This means the North Alabama Conference donations to the Children's Home grew 16% in 2006!
However, these early numbers do not include all gifts from the annual White Christmas Offering. Because funds from the White Christmas Offering sometimes can keep coming in until March, the total for all gifts is not known until early spring. The official Annual Giving Report should be ready by mid-April.
Beginning as a small orphanage in 1890, the Children's Home has evolved into a diversified ministry offering community based services, emergency assistance, family aid, scholarships, and fifteen residential programs throughout Alabama and West Florida.
In its 116 year history, the ministry has helped more than 10,000 youngsters. Most of these former residents are now successful adults who are giving back to the communities which gave to them.
In a commitment to help children and families, the mission of The United Methodist Children's Home is to follow the example of Christ by providing spiritual, physical, social, and educational opportunities for the children, youth, and their families whom we serve to live productive and wholesome lives.
For more information about this ministry visit the The United Methodist Children's Home website.