A heartfelt thanks to Thrivent Financial (www.thrivent.com) for supporting the printing costs of the cards, envelopes and catalogs.   In past years these donations were made possible by the now dissolved Thrivent chapters in Virginia:  Alexandria, Arlington County,  Fairfax County; the chapters in Maryland:  Montgomery County,  Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland Tri-County; and Nation’s Capital DC.  Gifts of Hope now secures Action Team funding from Thrivent.  We also thank the following area congregations for underwriting some of the printing costs:  St. Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring MD; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Washington DC; Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington DC.

Thanks to Susan Hudson Marken for designing the 2016 Christmas card, to Elizabeth Holmes Clark of Blue Oak Design  who contributed past Christmas card designs and to Fel Barbanie for the design of the All Occasion card.

Special thanks also to Kaye Brown for her assistance with the web site.