Dedicated to the late Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Freeman, P.A.

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Volume 20, Issue 1, December 2022                                                           Visit our website at www.ark4kids.com

Children await Santa Claus

Dear friends and donors: One more year I have the privilege of communicating with you through my column before Christmas. Christmas is an opportunity for people to celebrate and share this special time of the year. I always say the best gift you can have during the holidays is to be with your family. Children however, wait here every day for Santa Claus to take them Christmas presents. It’s amazing to see their innocence as they fantasize while awaiting Santa. They’re the same emotions that arise if they’re living at home or in our family-like environment. As soon as the Thanksgiving celebration is over, we decorate The Ark inside and out because we want our children to have an enjoyable memory of the holidays separated from their families. We create a Nativity scene with a river, enabling them to see and hear the running water. Lights make the scene alternate between night and day in 90 seconds. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa visited the children, and Mrs.

Please see SANTA below

Shelter ‘surviving’ with community’s donations

The Ark Gala set to return Sept. 21, 2023

If Delma Trejo, The Ark’s executive director, had to describe the shelter’s financial health in one word, it would be “surviving.” The nonprofit agency lost approximately $450,000 after needing to cancel The Ark Gala for the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the staff is looking forward to holding the next gala on Sept. 21, 2023 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. Income from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has decreased because it has sent less children to the facility. However, it’s been the community’s generosity that has kept the shelter fiscally afloat. “Donations have helped us to be able to survive,” said Trejo. The monetary contributions have assisted in paying for the residents’ new clothing because used children’s apparel donations are not being accepted. Food is another of the expenses taking a bigger bite out of available resources. Food costs are 12.4 percent higher than a year ago. The Ark’s Second Online Silent Auction held April 17-21, 2022 produced a net profit of $44,441. After expenses, the Third Online Silent Auction held Sept. 4-8, 2022 raised $22,432. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the silent auction item donors, bidders and everyone else who helped with those events, as well as the agency’s following major donors from Nov. 3, 2021 through Oct. 31, 2022:

Please see SURVIVING below

Kevin Lassahn, vice president and general manager of Valero Corpus Christi Refineries (foreground at left) presents The Ark representatives with 2022 Valero Benefit for Children’s $125,000 award. Also pictured are members of the Refinery Leadership Team. The gift approved by the Valero Corpus Christi Refineries Charitable Contributions Committee will pay for items essential to meeting the children’s needs at the shelter, such as groceries, clothing, shoes, diapers, diaper rash ointment, bed linens, bath towels, comforters, bibs (toddler snaps), and various cleaning, kitchen, paper and pest control products.

Representing The Ark were Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J., board president (left to right); Juan Cárdenas, administrative assistant/director of development; and Delma Trejo, executive director/administrator.

SURVIVING from above ————————————————-

Legamaro Financial Services Inc., 2022 Valero Benefit for Children, 2021 Coastal Bend Day of Giving, Anonymous, The John G. & Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation, Valero Corpus Christi Refineries, PNC Bank (in recognition of service to BBVA USA by former BBVA USA advisory board members Daniel Brown, Vance Dawson and Wayne A. Lundquist), 

   Diocese of Corpus Christi (Texas State Council Charities of the Knights of Columbus distribution), Cheniere Foundation (2021 Cheniere Employee Giving Fund), John Doherty, Frazier Family Foundation Inc., Scott H. and Shannon P. Hans, Patty P. Mueller, Ray and Betty Boazman, Nueces County, Celanese, Jose R. Bustamante Jr. and Maribel E. Martinez, St. Joseph Catholic Church-Beeville, 

   Alamo Concrete Products Company, Avion Takes Action Fund, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, Mirabal Montalvo & Associates LLC, Kevin Neri, Debra Richter, Michael E. Rektorik, Katherine West, Lisa Harris, Kathleen Bailey, Heart and Soul Resale Shop, Donna Rae, Nolan and Ellen Culp, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Luciano Salazar, 

   William E. Wise and Marilyn G. Johnson (in memory of Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Freeman P.A.), Morrison Insurance Group PC, Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Lyondell Chemical Company, SLH Business Solutions LLC, John D. and Dorothy Drew, Diocese of Corpus Christi (donors: Michael E. and Carolyn Colwell), Monica Gomez, Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvey STL D.D., Hayden J. Peairs, Johnny and Christi Perales, Michael Volker,

   Walmart #05-09000, Warren B. Young DMV and Laura Young, Corpus Christi Pain Medicine — Gabriel Lopez M.D. and Angelina R. Lopez, Grace

Ford Powers, Children’s Clinic (in honor of Steven Oshman M.D.), E.J. and E.A. Rotter, Blanche Davis Moore Foundation, Gloria Stella Garcia-Sandoval, William Marin, Paul Crutchfield, Paul Peeler, Brenda K. Hammons, Prosperity Bank, Anne C. Hawes, Joseph Diou, John and Karen Harris, Publicity-shy donors, Norman and Katelijne Acker, Betty Black, Camacho Recycling, David Cook, D.F. and C.C. Deline, Diocese of Corpus Christi, Daniel W. Doucet, Dugan Family Foundation, Eluterio Farias, Gulf Spray Company, Anthony and Jacqueline Hein, Roberto Hernandez, Christine Hinojosa, Allyson Larkins, Noe Lira M.D. and Thelma Lopez-Lira M.D. P.A., LULAC Council #1 Toy Bowl, Mallory Health, NuStar Foundation, M. Owens and M. Cropper Owens, Mark and Leeanne Pearl, Prime Real Estate, Antonio Vera and Jesusa Sanchez-Vera, and Gary and Nancy Weber. 

SANTA from above

Claus helped him distribute the presents. Christmas carolers added to the merriment. They were wonderful experiences for our children and very emotional ones for the adult participants. 

   In addition to sharing these moments with you, I would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas and a happy new year on behalf of the executive director, employees and board. You and your family will be in our special prayers in front of the baby Jesus asking him to bless your family in 2023. 

The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth

is pleased to be one of the nonprofit agencies that will benefit from the

Coastal Bend Day of Giving on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Give online Nov. 8, and your donation will double!

Thanks to generous South Texas matching funders, local charities receive matching funds for financial gifts of $10 or more donated online via major credit/debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or eChecks at www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org on the 14th Coastal Bend Day of Giving.

Contributions will be accepted at that website Nov. 8 from midnight through 11:59:59 p.m. the same day. Monetary gifts to the Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth or another nonprofit providing basic needs will be matched dollar for dollar up to $24,000 per agency. Website gifts are processed by an online donation facilitator. A site administration fee applies to all donations. A credit card processing fee is charged. Processing and transaction fees apply to eChecks. Cashier’s checks, brokerage checks and money orders are not accepted as eChecks. Donors receive an email receipt for tax purposes. Registrants have access to the site for tax information. Donors need to use their billing address as their address when registering or checking out of the website.

Contributions can be scheduled for “Early Giving” payment/processing Oct. 31 through Nov. 7.

On Nov. 8, your help means so much more. Every dollar benefiting abused, neglected and displaced children at the Ark makes a difference. Ten dollars pays for a three-piece body suit and pant set. To donate that day, log on to www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org − a dedicated website that makes it a quick, easy and secure process. While you are there, please see the Ark’s profile, including a Coastal Bend Day of Giving video below.

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