What a year!!! Every one of us has grappled with the changes and challenges of 2020. As we began to navigate these uncertain times, through innovation and determination, we quickly pivoted to continue to serve the children who count on us. With a 35% increase in need, we had to make tough decisions and we had to ask more from our supporters than ever before – YOU did not let us down!
This is a testament to the perpetual commitment and compassion of our hands-on Board, partners, advocates, volunteers, and staff. Since 1996, we have collectively improved the lives of over 3.5 million underserved children in our community. In 2020 alone, 20,000 children received assistance from HCC. We did not stand still. We could not standstill – there was not time for that. Our special children count on us every day.
So many of Houston’s darkest times have been followed by our brightest moments. Through A Better Night’s Sleep, we distributed over 900 twin-size beds to children who did not have a comfortable place to lay their heads on at night, providing them with a mattress, bed frame, box spring, linens, and a pillow. Through wonderful sponsors who noticed the need in our community not giving up amidst the pandemic, Chariots for Children awarded 15 families with handicap accessible vans to provide mobility freedom. The HCC Closet welcomed 125 families to shop gently used and new items free of charge. In August, to equip children with their new online learning, we supplied 3,000 age-appropriate backpacks through our Back2School program. In addition to our hands-on programs, $100,000 was donated to Texas Children’s Hospital through the Houston Children’s Charity Family Emergency Fund. We also awarded $35,000 to TEACH – To Educate All Children through our KIDSMART program. Our Annual Toy Distribution served 12,000 children with help from our partners, The Fertitta Family, Houston Rockets, and Toys for Tots.
So many of Houston’s darkest days have been followed by its finest hours. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your unwavering support of our mission. We are truly blessed by a resilient community that deeply cares about the wellbeing of every child in our city. As we embark on a new year, we remain steadfast in our mission to serve Houston’s children who need us most.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa
Laura S. Ward
President & CEO
Houston Children’s Charity