Donate to the Holiday Appeal and give our kids the gift of a hopeful future!
“God bless us, every one!”
– Tiny Tim
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the all-time classic holiday stories. It has been adapted countless times on TV and in movies, but the premise of the tale is always the same; a miserly man, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Each reveals a portion of his life – past, present, and future – to expose how empty and meaningless it has been. In the end, Scrooge sees the error of his ways and becomes charitable to his employees and others he has treated poorly. He vows to stop hoarding money and instead, to begin acting with kindness and compassion for the rest of his days.
So, you’re probably thinking: what does this story have to do with the kids and moms at Mount Dora?
Every child or single parent in our care is haunted by things that have occurred in their past. Those “ghosts” can prevent them from leading normal, productive lives. It may be physical abuse, sexual abuse, or abandonment that are painful reminders of earlier times. These can contribute to low self-esteem, indifference, and poor social skills.
Their present lives are being changed through the love and care found at Mount Dora. Those feelings of fear are replaced by hope. Counselors and staff provide an abundance of love and guidance to keep the past where it belongs – in the past. Family values and wholesome traditions are nurtured through an emphasis on Christian education and a relationship with God.
Unlike Bob Cratchit and his family, whose future appeared bleak, theirs is much brighter. Instead of repeating the mistakes of parents, siblings, and friends, they have turned their lives around and are on a path toward success, happiness, and prosperity. And just like Scrooge, their eyes are now open to a radiant future!
For Tiny Tim and others, Christmas is their favorite time of year. Families, friends, and loved ones gather to exchange gifts and share meals together. Our family at the Children’s Home includes twenty-seven children, eight single parents, and six kids who are freshmen in college. And, don’t let me forget about the four house parents. That’s forty-five people who will share Christmas together!
People like you have helped the residents at Mount Dora celebrate the holidays. We hope you will be generous again this season and match or exceed your previous donation to bring joy and cheer to their lives.
Your ongoing support with a donation of $50, $75, $100 (or more!) will mean that the Mount Dora Children’s Home can continue to provide for their needs now, and throughout the year. If you prefer to spread your gift over the year, just indicate the amount you would like to contribute on a monthly basis on the donation page.
Your generosity will have a positive impact on the kids and moms, and every gift, large or small makes a difference.
From all the children and staff, may you and your family have a safe a joyous Christmas!
For the Children,
Dr. James E. Moore
P.S. I don’t want to hear “Bah, Humbug!” Just click the Donate Now button below. You don’t want to wind up on Santa’s naughty list … Oops, that’s another story!