This year, 2020, has been the most challenging year we all have experienced in memory. Sickness, loss of jobs, losing loved ones, and everything related to this crazy pandemic has impacted everyone in one way or another. In my thirty years here at the Center, I can honestly say, this has been the hardest year I can ever remember. We have not closed our doors because child abuse still happens, we cannot postpone our services for children who are hurting. Coupled with all of the abuse and special needs of children and families during this time, we have been extremely busy.
I want to thank all of you who provided sanitizer, masks, toilet paper, thermometers, diapers, food, soap, and personal items for our families. I also want to thank all of you who sponsored children and families for Christmas this year. All of our teens are now sponsored, and all of our children have been sponsored. God bless each of you for stepping up and helping take care of our children. Because of you, they will have a good Christmas, and maybe, if only for a little while, they can forget the hurt and disappointment they have experienced in their lives.
We hope and pray there is light at the end of the tunnel so we will be able to have our spring fundraisers this year. Last year we lost $525,500 in potential fundraising because we could not hold events due to COVID. It has been a struggle, and we were forced to temporarily close one of our locations and leave five positions unfilled. Despite this, services have not been cut because everyone has taken a few more cases and responsibilities. We have been very cautious to plan ahead. Child abuse continues to occur, and we have to be there for our children ... and we will, with God's help and yours.
Every telethon pledge/donation, Giving Tuesday donation, Christmas, and end of the year donations are more important to us than ever. One of our volunteers reminded us last week, part of the CARES Act, enacted by Congress last spring, includes a special $300 deduction for Charitable donations, which can be taken by taxpayers who use the standard deduction, rather than itemizing. If any of you have not taken advantage of this CARES Act opportunity, and would like to get the extra deduction on your taxes, please consider making a donation to the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. That $300 would sponsor services for one child for six months, a win/win situation.
Thanks again, for everything you all have done and continue to do to help give children hope on their journey to a happier life. West Tennessee is the most giving community in the world. We appreciate each of you and wish for you a very healthy, happy holiday season. God Bless you all.
Exchange Club-Carl Perkin Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse