A MESSAGE FROM
MARJORIE VANESKAHIAN BURR, ACO CEO

The last 4 days of the year.

While our offices are closed this week, your leadership team at ACO is working onsite and remotely to continue to serve those in need, to handle audit inventory in our stores and warehouse, feed hungry families through special pantry hours, and accept your end-of-year tax-deductible donations. It’s a critical last 4 days of the year.

2021 was another difficult year for many families. After spending 2020 just helping families facing emergencies for food and housing, in 2021 ACO worked harder than ever to help those families get back to work, and become stable in their homes.

However, across Collin County, your neighbors are still unable to pay their bills, struggling to feed their children, and faced a difficult holiday. But ACO was here for them all along the way this year, holding their hands to enroll them in GED classes, instruct them in financial literacy and budgeting, and help them with resumes and interview skills to find jobs. The ACO Cares Center provided clothing and household items so that they could use their limited resources and income for bills and other essentials. The ACO Food Pantry distributed more than 2 Million pounds of food to local families.

2300 children and teens received toys and gifts through our ACO North Pole program. Two local groups who partnered with Toys For Tots this year called ACO for help because they were short on toys for those families they were serving. ACO stepped in to help them and provided additional toys for several thousand more local kids!

You may not realize that your friends and neighbors are struggling. They may be embarrassed and ashamed. They want to hide their need. They may not look hungry, but they are. They may be driving nice cars, but they are months behind on their payments or in a lease unable to break. They may not have had money to travel to see family for Christmas, or were unable to purchase gifts. You may not know who is struggling to get through the last 4 days of the year.

We’ve had a few recent struggles of our own at ACO. Our website went down on Monday, in the middle of our last week of vital online donations. Our apologies if you attempted to make an online donation and were unable to access our website. Please visit acocares.org.

ACO is short $43,000 of our budgeted goal for year-end donations. We faced envelope shortages when we mailed our holiday letter to ask for support. We dealt with technical difficulties. We’ve managed to operate with limited staff due to a hiring shortage and our challenges to stay healthy and COVID-19 free. But that didn’t stop us from offering a helping hand, financial assistance and counseling to those in need. And we won’t let a shortage of funds stop us either.

But we need your support these last 4 days of 2021. These last days are critical to end the year financially positive. Help us enter 2022 equipped with the funding resources we need to serve Collin County families in the coming year as we continue to work to prevent hunger and homelessness and provide a path to financial stability- as our mission states.

Online donations made before midnight on December 31st will be counted for 2021 tax deductions so don’t delay. Post marked checks or donations dropped in our mail slot at 801 E. Main Street, Allen TX 75002 by December 31st will also qualify.

These last 4 days are critical to your neighbors and our entire community. If you have not yet made a donation to ACO or would like to give more, please join hands and donate TODAY. YOUR GIFTS CHANGE LIVES.

One More Thing…

With just 4 days left in 2021, it’s time to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and for us to begin planning for 2022.

Our Board of Directors are going into a critical year to strategically plan for ACO’s future. With aging facilities and limited and borrowed work and warehouse space, it’s time to look toward a long range plan to maintain our services and continue to grow as our community needs ACO. While challenges are ahead in 2022, we will be prepared!

From our staff and ACO family, we wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! And thank you for your gifts and support all year, every year.

Sincerely,

MARJORIE VANESKAHIAN BURR, ACO CEO

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