’Tis the season

Your gifts will brighten this season – and many more – for children in care.
Ideas for here & now:
  • Make a Christmas or year-end donation to help with last-minute gifts or long-term needs.
  • Donate gift cards – an especially helpful gift for teenagers and struggling families (Visa, Target, Wal-Mart, or other popular retail stores.)
    • Mail or deliver to MHC Headquarters, Attn: Jennifer Cooper, 1041 Washington St., Raleigh NC 27605-1259.
  • Do good when you shop AmazonSmile. It costs you nothing and connects to your regular Amazon account. Choose Methodist Home for Children as your charity; then shop & smile.
Ideas for the future:
  • IRA charitable rollover: If you are 70½ or older, an IRA charitable rollover can lower the taxes on your IRA withdrawals.
  • Stock gifts: Gifts of appreciated stock may provide a greater tax advantage than gifts of cash.
  • Real estate gifts: Gifts of home or property provide a potential income tax deduction for the fair market value. Plus, the full value of the gift goes to work for children and families because capital gains taxes do not apply to charities.
  • Life insurance gifts: Do you own a life insurance policy that’s no longer needed? It could provide life-changing opportunities for vulnerable children.
  • Charitable gift annuity: Your year-end gift can provide you with a tax deduction and a lifetime stream of income.
  • Questions about any of the above? Talk to Halie Sue Clifton at hclifton@mhfc.org or 919.754.3620