By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A $100,000 donation from an anonymous Northeast Mississippi businessman has helped Faith Haven Inc. strengthen its budget to provide better care for the children who need it.
Executive Director Kathryn McKee said the generous donation has allowed Faith Haven to pay salaries and take care of other operational expenses that wouldn’t have been possible because of a budget crunch.
The donor also gave Faith Haven $100,000 in 2008.
In all, McKee said the man has donated $600,000 to be split among three child care facilities over the past two years. Both Palmer Home in Columbus and Hope Village in Meridian also received donations from the businessman.
“With our budget being so tight over the past couple of years, we really needed the help,” said McKee. “This money is really helping the children who have to come to Faith Haven and that’s what he asked be done with it when he donated it. He doesn’t want his name known, but people should know that he has a real love for children.”
Last year Faith Haven took care of 135 children ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds. It is a temporary emergency shelter for children and a United Way agency.
McKee said to see someone give so generously and not want anything in return is touching.
“It just makes me feel good to know that there are still people out there who are willing to help others,” she said. “When he gave us the money he said he is hoping that his giving will cause others to do the same.”
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