Generous offer a boost for Crisis Nursery

Generous offer a boost for Crisis Nursery

Local philanthropists have made Crisis Nursery supporters an offer they'll find hard to refuse.

Charitable donors are looking to make a positive impact when they select the organizations they wish to support.

Backers of the Crisis Nursery in Urbana have a chance to double that support, thanks to a matching grant offer made by local businessman and philanthropist Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife, Leslie.

The Liautauds, through their family foundation, have offered to match up to $100,000 in donations to Crisis Nursery if they are received by the end of June.

So a $1,000 gift will, thanks to the promised match, have the effect of $2,000.

Can't beat that. Even better, Crisis Nursery is one of many local organizations worthy of support from donors.

Crisis Nursing is an emergency child care facility that provides shelter and support for families with children that are in distress.

That may not sound like anyone readers know. But there is no shortage of parents and children who need the kind of help Crisis Nursery offers. Its availability is, in effect, a blessing for those in need.

Like many social service agencies, Crisis Nursery's resources are put under tremendous pressure by the large number of people in need.

During the past fiscal year, the agency reported a new admissions record of 5,741 that consumed more than 45,000 hours of care for local children and families.

It's impossible for an organization to do that kind of work — God's work, to be more specific — without the generous support of community residents.

Jimmy John and Leslie Liautaud, supporters of a large number of local causes, have offered to make it easier for people to help by doubling local donors' impact up to $100,000.

It's a great and generous measure. Crisis Nursery supporters — those who given in past years and nondonors sympathetic to the cause — should take advantage of it.

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