December 3, 2012


Yes, we have breached the $15,000 mark and then some. The Kansas City VA’s Volumtary Services Unit received a flurry of generous contributions in Francis’s name following Veterans Day.

As I wrote recently in The Kansas City Star, “General awareness about this crisis has increased. Since last Veterans Day, the number of homeless veterans has declined by nearly 12 percent, to about 67,000 nationwide. Still, according to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, ‘A veteran is 50 percent more likely to be homeless than the average American.’”

We’ve also learned how many children are affected. Some of the most moving letters we’ve received are from veterans, usually women, with children who are benefiting from your generosity

We plan to continue this legacy to Francis as long as the need exists. We can only imagine his amazement.

Thank you to all who have been so generous and thoughtful!