What a week it’s been! On Friday morning we wrapped up the on-air portion of KLRC’s 2017 Spring Fundraiser. We are thankful and thrilled that over 2000 of you decided to “Be The Change” by sharing hope in Jesus through a gift of support to KLRC.
It’s been an exciting week! After a week full of challenge matches, life-change stories, and sharing the vision God has given us for KLRC, we now find ourselves in the final hours of KLRC’s Spring Fundraiser. Just minutes ago, we began our final morning at 87% of the way to reaching the goal.
In the very first hours of the very first day of KLRC's Spring Fundraiser, a minivan pulled up outside the KLRC Studios. Keri, from the KLRC Morning Show, immediately said, "I bet that's Jenna!"
She was right, of course. Everyone here at KLRC knows Jenna. For the past several years, Jenna, who is now in 6th grade, has faithfully visited KLRC during each and every fundraiser to make a contribution from her own personal savings fund. This year, Jenna wanted to "Be The Change" with a gift of $32.
When we heard about Stephen's story, we just knew we had to share it with you. We'll let him tell you in his own words. "Shortly after we had Ainsley, my wife Leslie began see the effects of her congenital heart defect. She battled severe heart failure and spent close to 3 months in the hospital in Kansas City, while waiting to go to Cleveland Clinic for a heart transplant. Before she could get to Cleveland, her fight ended July 27, 2015."
After much prayer and many hours invested in the budget process, we’ve determined the listener portion of our budget for 2017 to be $1,160,000.
We’re anticipating the need to hold two on-air fundraisers to reach our annual listener budget need. The first is happening March 14-17th during KLRC’s "Be The Change" Spring Fundraiser. Our goal for this specific event is $830,000. That will leave us with a funding need this fall of about $330,000.
Today, more than a dozen children will come into foster care in Arkansas because of abuse or neglect. They will join nearly 4,500 other children in state custody, and this year, more than 7,000 children will spend time in foster care. The greatest need of every child in foster care is a safe, loving family where they can heal and grow. There are currently 1,100 foster homes in Arkansas – too few to meet the needs of children who are taken into care.
At KLRC we have a lot of favorite traditions during our fundraiser celebration week. There’s the confetti cannons, the nerf guns, the amazing phone volunteers, the generous matching challenges from our community, and (our personal favorite) the stories!
But one of our most important traditions is to begin the fundraiser week focused on prayer. Asking God to provide the funds needed to operate a community-supported radio station like KLRC is a huge faith-journey.
Manuel is the type of person who lights up a room. When you pair his infectious smile with his beaming excitement for sharing the good news of Christ, it’s hard not to be smiling along with him. Recently he and the group of young men he mentors visited our station for a tour. Manuel told us that he wanted so badly to show his students “the place God used to change my life.” As we sat down with him to hear his story, we learned that he was not always the man we excitedly welcomed at our door.
I can’t wait to introduce you to a mom I got to meet recently.
Her name is Tysha, and we have a lot in common. We’re both single moms, we both have a house full of children, and we both have a 17 year-old son. But last September, Tysha’s son, Kyler, was driving home and lost his life in a car accident.
Kyler is in heaven.
Our culture is sorely lacking in civility and common decency these days. But I heard a story that lifted my spirits and I’d like to share it with you.
Billy was attending his first day at junior high school. It began with an assembly where all the home room teachers were introduced. First to be introduced was Miss Smith. The ninth graders knew she was an easy grader and not much of a disciplinarian. They began to cheer for her. The next to be introduced was Mr. Brown, who was a young and popular teacher — a special favorite. This time the eighth graders joined in the thundering approval.