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More Than the Gift

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Too often when a gift is received the attention generally falls on the gift itself and how it will make things better or increase our enjoyment. I believe the real spirit and blessing of Christmas is not just on the gift but on the giver and the motivation for their unselfish generosity. It truly is more than the gift – it’s the giver. That’s why your thoughtfulness in giving is so meaningful. It’s not just for the gift, but for you, the giver.

While that may not be so true for children at this time of year, when they are older, and long after the gift has been enjoyed, we believe the memory of the giver remains. And each time the thoughtfulness of the giver comes to mind, it recalls an appreciation for the relationship that inspired the giving. We think of the sacrifice of time and resources you make so we can enjoy the blessing and share in the excitement of being the beneficiary of such kindness.

We quickly express our deep appreciation for the gift, as we should, but hopefully this writing will go beyond that to you, the giver: to you for giving us such a wonderful Christmas, and to a loving God, who gave us the reason for Christmas. By both, we are honored and humbled. We are mindful of God’s grace and you for allowing us to be a part of your Christmas and are thankful beyond our ability to adequately express it.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and ask God to bless you more in the new year that ever before. From everyone at Calvary – we remember and thank you.

 

Snyder Turner

A Time To Remember

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This time of the year provides the perfect opportunity to stop long enough to consider the many ways we’ve been blessed both individually and as a nation. However, rather than our hearts being turned to God and His goodness, its true meaning can quickly get lost in good food, big games, a nap on the sofa or preparation for the big shopping day that follows.

With so much to be thankful for it almost seems wrong to single out just one day for “thanksgiving.” Yet, because of full schedules and busy lives, perhaps it really is needed after all. It does remind us to express the gratitude that we feel but too often goes unspoken. At Calvary we never want to be guilty of failing to tell you how very much your kindness and faithful support mean to us. 

Our gratitude isn’t just for the gifts you give but for the encouragement you provide. We frequently receive notes of encouragement and support for the children and staff. The thoughtfulness behind this is even greater evidence of your kindness and a welcome reminder of how blessed we are because of you. 

Through the grace of God and your support we have seen our children graduate from high school, college and one graduating from basic training in the US Marine Corps at Parris Island, SC. This is not only a great blessing to us but also a wonderful example to the younger children who follow them. This is tremendous evidence of your compassion and the help of a loving God over the past fifty-two years that we have been able to offer them a safe, loving home.

A simple “thank you” can never fully express the depth from which it is spoken. God has blessed us by allowing us to be a part of your Thanksgiving. It is also a much-needed message of encouragement to some children who have had to face some very difficult times. They can see there is an abundance of good in their life if they will look for it. We remind them the Lord is there to pick them up when feeling alone or uncared for (Psalm 27:10) – and through you they see the truth of His Word.

Thank you for showing our children the true purpose of Thanksgiving – being thankful for blessings, even though some of them may not look like a blessing initially! We are reminded to give thanks in all things. It is a lesson we teach and one we seek to model. We are grateful for your giving us another reason.

Car Donation

Caring families donating their used vehicles also supports our children. Calvary Children’s Home gratefully accepts gifts of used cars, trucks and boats. If you would like to arrange any donation please click on the link below.

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CONTACT US

Calvary Children’s Home wants to help all kids.  Feel free to call or email and we can try and answer any questions you may have.  We are hear to serve you and love your support.

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13th Annual Christmas Tree Sale

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Before buying your Christmas tree this season, consider where the profit goes from the money you spend. 

Starting November, 23rd, the Calvary Children’s Home Youth will be selling Christmas trees at Calvary Children’s Home, located at 1430 Lost Mountian Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127.  Earlier by Appointment Only!

One hundred percent of the profits from our Christmas Tree sale goes to support  Calvary Youth.

Lot Hours:
Monday – Friday: 3:30-8:30pm
Saturday: 9am-8:30pm
Sunday: 1pm-5:15pm

This is a great opportunity for families to serve together, Sunday school groups and businesses to serve together and High/Middle School students to get service hours.  They need all levels of skill and strength to get through this Christmas season.  Please take a prayerful moment to decide if you may be able to help and volunteer!

Click here To Sign Up & Serve

James, Our Marine

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James came to Calvary when he was twelve years old with enough family challenges to sink even a mighty ship. By God’s grace and the help of some marvelous friends, he matured and thrived as part of the Calvary family.

James graduated from Hillgrove High School in May of this year. Three months later, he joined the United States Marine Corps. James is musically inclined and often sat at the piano in his cottage to play and sing. We miss James and his joy echoing down our hallways. We are truly thankful the Lord shared him with us for a season. You were a vital part of his life and we hope you are as proud of him as we are!

He wrote from boot camp to express his sincere need for a burger. He also expressed concerns his Drill Sergeant may have “anger management issues”.

James returned home to Calvary for a few days after graduating from basic training on Parris Island, November 16th 2018. His desire was to spend time with his “Calvary Family” before reporting to his next duty station. Calvary is his home and family. Thank you for helping provide a safe, caring home for this remarkable young man. We couldn’t do it without the love and support of friends like you!

Car Donation

Caring families donating their used vehicles also supports our children. Calvary Children’s Home gratefully accepts gifts of used cars, trucks and boats. If you would like to arrange any donation please click on the link below.

Donate Your Car

DONATE

It is now possible to conveniently support Calvary year-round. Gifts of $25, $50, $100 or more on a continuing basis will make a difference in our children’s lives. These gifts help with our daily needs such as food, clothing, education and medical needs

Donate Now

CONTACT US

Calvary Children’s Home wants to help all kids.  Feel free to call or email and we can try and answer any questions you may have.  We are hear to serve you and love your support.

Contact Us

2018 Graduates

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We are excited to have three of our students graduate this year.  Edwin and James graduated from high school and Nick received his Associate’s Degree from Georgia Highlands College.  James will be leaving for the United States Marine Corps in August.  We are very proud of all three of these young men who have been with us for several years.  They’ve reached this milestone and it has been a joy to have them as part of the Calvary family.

Edwin McKenzie graduated from Hillgrove Highschool this May.  Edwin has been a beloved resident of our children’s home for more than ten years.  When thanking our many supporters, we often say it takes a multitude of caring hearts to shoulder the precious load of a child’s life whose parents are not able to care for them.  Edwin is a picture of all that those caring hearts have accomplished.  Edwin is a gracious and compassionate young man who is gifted athletically.  We have loved watching him catch those touchdown passes, hit those home runs and guard that basketball rim. His coaches, sponsors, teachers and our staff all share in our pride as we watch this young man grow.

 

Edwin is going to attend Chattahoochee Technical College in the Fall. He is unsure of his career pursuits at this time but is certain he wants to do his best and find what the Lord created him for.  We love you Edwin and are so proud that you are a part of our family!

James Toland Brown also graduated from Hillgrove Highschool with Edwin this May.  James faced enough challenges in his childhood to sink a mighty ship.  By God’s great Grace instead, he is sailing beautifully.  James enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and leaves for boot camp in late August.  James has long been a very popular child with our other residents.  He is a “you first”, kind of guy who has taught himself how to play the guitar and is working on some piano skills.  James songs have echoed through our hallways for years and we will surely miss him when he leaves. James has a unique laugh that is priceless to us.  When James is laughing, we all laugh with him.

James intends to return to Calvary on his breaks from the Marines which makes our hearts smile.  This will always be home James!

James brought to our home contagious joy. We love you and could not be more proud of your decision to serve our Country.

2017 Graduates

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We are extremely proud of the strength of character shown in these young lives. They have demonstrated a love for God, others, their country, a respect for authority and the willingness to give to those in need. For their example, we stand in admiration and applaud!

(Hillgrove High) KENNY is a 17-year-old senior who is athletic and charming. He plays football, basketball and is on Hillgrove’s track team. Kenny is the only child in Calvary’s history to throw a touchdown pass to another one of our residents in a high school game. He has given us a multitude of proud moments like that one and is eager to chase after the dreams God has given him. By God’s grace, he is college bound and has a very strong inner drive. From the moment he walked on our campus at twelve years old, he pushed himself to excel in his studies and athletics. It has been our privilege to watch him grow and be a part of his adventures!

(Hillgrove High) NOAH is an 18-year-old graduate with a special sense of humor. Coupled with his wit, his calm demeanor made him a campus favorite for our other children. Noah played football in high school and is always up for a pickup game of basketball. He also distinguished himself as a gentleman in his home and absolutely never let the house mother carry anything if he was around. Years of lightening her load will never be forgotten. He has ambitions of becoming a physical therapist and starts college in the fall with those pursuits in mind. He has been a blessing to our Home, so we cannot wait to see how the Lord uses him to help others.

(Hillgrove High) WYATT came to Calvary when he was only five years old. On his first school morning at Calvary, he stretched in bed and told his house parent, “I just don’t think I am going to school today.” Much to his tiny heart’s displeasure, he was informed that to be great you must, with God’s help, push through the parts of life that strain us. Watching him graduate all these years later is a special moment for us. It represents a host of people and a God that believed deeply in him. Wyatt is very gifted with his hands and is a fixer of all things broken. He is a computer whiz and hopes after college to work in a technology field. (Only just a few more years of education, Wyatt!)

(Grace Christian) MICAH is a senior graduating from Grace Christian Academy. He is the son of Allen and Tammy Young who have been our younger boy’s house parents for several years. Micah has selflessly shared his parents with a host of tiny body’s of energy, messes and bright hopes for most of his childhood. He played football and baseball in high school and is currently considering a future in law enforcement. He is enrolled in the Cobb County Explorers program. Micah is a fine young man, and we very pleased to have him as part of our Calvary family.

Look what you did!

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Through the years we have been blessed by the gifts and support of many friends. That support has taken many forms and as you will notice in this edition of our Newsletter, one of the most meaningful is by way of a memorial gift. As the loved one is honored with a permanent reminder on our campus, lives are being given opportunities they may not have had otherwise.

A perfect example of your impact is in the life of Jennifer. She came to this new place called Calvary when she was three years old. Almost seventeen years later, she received her degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL. Later that same year, I had the privilege (along with Brian Busby, our Campus Director, who walked her down the aisle) of performing her wedding ceremony to a wonderful young Christian man. Because of your help, she was able to complete her education without having to incur a mountain of student loans. Our goal is for them to be able to begin their new life in an adult world without indebtedness. That is second only to their having a personal relationship with the Lord.

She went to work in a women’s shelter and then moved on to working and training for the local family and children services department. In the latest photo, she recently received notice that she successfully completed her certi cation as a child protective investigator. From a frightened, beautiful three year old girl needing a home during some trying times, to a con dent, successful young lady deeply involved in helping children nd hope and safety, she has found her purpose and place to serve. Through God’s grace, your support, Jennifer’s commitment, and the dedicated staff at Calvary, let me simply say

—Look what you did!

Commemorative Brick Program

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In response to requests by several of our friends, we are pleased to revive our commemorative brick program.

For your tax-deductible memorial/honor gift of $125, we will recognize your loved one or friend with a beautiful commemorative brick proudly displayed on our campus.

The bricks will serve as a constant source of encouragement to the children of Calvary and a reminder for years to come of the commitment and generosity of the individuals, churches and organizations that have helped provide a home for our children while honoring the life of the one remembered.

We will acknowledge your gift with a personal letter and receipt. Also, their name, as well as yours, will be included in a subsequent newsletter to acknowledge your thoughtful gift. This can be initiated through a check or online giving by visiting our website at calvarykids.org

You can conveniently complete your Commemorative Brick donation by clicking on this link and completing the form.  If you have any questions please call us at 770-794-1500 or email to info@calvarykids.org.