GARDEN VALLEY, TX (KLTV) - Released by Kathy Gohmert with Mercy Ships:
GARDEN VALLEY, TX - Mercy Ships has announced that Mrs. Annette Simmons, a Dallas resident, has given a gift of stock in the amount of $1,015,635.19, that will be utilized to provide hope and healing to the forgotten poor. In making this announcement, Don Stephens, Founder and President of Mercy Ships, stated, "The world wide economic situation has been difficult for all charities, and annually the slowest month of the year is August. This gift could not have come at a better time as the needs of the poor know no calendar. We are honored and blessed to have Annette come forward to join us and provide an opportunity of life to those we serve.
Mercy Ships utilizes hospital ships to deliver free medical care provided by volunteer crew to areas of substantial need around the world. Currently, more than 200,000 children die a week in impoverished nations due to the lack of proper food sources and standard medical care.
"I've known of Mercy Ships for quite a while and wanted to give this gift for a long time," said Mrs. Simmons said. "My particular focus and interest is children. What Mercy Ships does for children with their remarkable surgeons on their hospital Ship in Africa is wonderful!"