Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Request for Help for a Worthy Brother

Brethren, I am not passing any judgment on the following, nor have I verified any of the information to be accurate. Neither do I know the individuals involved. It is a request I received via and I am merely relaying it here so that anyone who might be interested may be able to follow up. The deadline they expressed was December 31, so it is near:

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where on your sight may a Brother post a blog for need of assistance? Would you be able to post this for me? This tax credit thing gives a Bother a chance to donate and return his donation to himself penny for penny.


My Brothers,

One of our worthy brothers is in financial need and has come to the Lodge in hopes of finding Relief. This brother is a single Dad, taking sole care of his early-teens daughter. His daughter has been having her developmental needs met at Casas Christian School after less than satisfactory results in the public schools. Through no fault of his own, he has not been able to make the tuition payments for her this year. He needs two months back tuition ($488.00).

FYI - We've been able to come up with one of the 3 months back tuition, so we're gettting there!

On going-tuition is $244.00 per month.

If you are able to assist him, you may contact him directly by email at or, you may contact the school for a direct donation on his behalf at: (Genetta Holt), at 297-0922. - For the benefit of Amanda Thacker -

Casas Christian School WEB SITE

Below, you will find information on the Arizona Tax Credit Program. It is possible to donate to the school DIRECTLY on his behalf AND RECEIVE a tax credit. (Read the info below and consult your tax advisor!) As tax time comes closer, you may be considering a tax credit donation this year. What better way could you find than one that helps a brother?

Thank you, Brothers! Br Steve Harrington PM


In 1997, the Private School Tuition Credit Law was passed in Arizona. This law allows any Arizona tax payer to redirect up to $1,000 a year in state tax dollars to a "private school tuition organization" and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit when filing a state income tax return. Contributions up to $1,000 can be made throughout the year; however, the deadline for making the contribution is December 31.

Casas Christian School (CCS) raises money through this program each year and provides need-based financial aid to families who desire a Christian education for their children but are not financially able to make that dream a reality. Last year the CCS provided financial aid to 82 children through tax dollars redirected to the Christian Scholarship Fund, the state funding organization that distributes contributions made to Casas Christian School.

If you would like to participate in this wonderful program, follow these steps:

1. Contact Genetta Holt, CCS Public Relations Manager, to request donor and tax forms at

2. Then, using those forms, donate a gift of up to $1,000 to Casas Christian School through the Christian Scholarship Fund of Arizona.

3. When you file your annual state income taxes, attach the tax form and receipt indicating your contribution.

4. You will receive a dollar for dollar credit for up to $1,000 on your state income tax.

5. This credit reduces the amount of state income tax you owe.

6. You can also claim the gift as a charitable tax deduction on your Federal tax form.

This is a win/win situation for both Casas Christian School and the taxpayer.

For additional information on the Arizona Tax Credit Program, contact CCS at

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