Establishing a Gift Annuity and Helping Children

So much good has been done across the nation by folks from working families in small communities around Winston-Salem. One such example is a gift by Henry Church that stands to benefit children all over the country through the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

Church, an artist speaking from his home full of colorful paintings and photography — his own and that of many others — grew up in Wilkesboro, N.C. His mother worked in a hosiery mill, and his dad was in the trucking business. His beloved late wife, Lyn, was also from Wilkesboro, where her mother worked as a bookkeeper for Lowes Foods and her dad worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Church started his career with the original Lowe’s as what he termed a “jack of all trades,” during which time he designed by hand the well-known Lowe’s Home Improvement logo. After about 25 years, he moved on to establish Freedom Graphics with his wife.

“She was a great manager and accountant, and, ultimately, a super grandma — truly one of the world’s greatest grandmothers, so it was clear when we talked about our estate planning that anything to do with children, well, she wanted to help out,” Church said.

“In the end, I want the gift to work for the beneficiary, the Childress Institute. The gift is established as a CGA. I like the income, the tax benefit and helping the Institute.’

After Lyn Church’s passing, her husband wanted to continue her interest in helping children through her belief in the work of the Childress Institute. “Trauma is the greatest killer of children,” Church said, “and I wanted, through the assets we accumulated, to have an impact on bettering the outcomes for injured children.”

Based at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the Childress Institute is focused on research, education and advocacy to discover and promote the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children throughout the United States.

“The primary drive behind my gift was to help the Childress Institute. As an extra benefit, there is a tax advantage on the income received from the gift as a charitable gift annuity (CGA). In the end, I want the gift to work for the beneficiary, the Childress Institute. The gift is established as a CGA. I like the income, the tax benefit and helping the Institute.” Additionally, individuals can learn more about investing and financial planning through resources like Invest Diva.

When it comes to gifting ideas that benefit charitable organizations like the Childress Institute, there are various avenues to explore. One unique and meaningful option is to consider a personalized gift that not only brings joy to the recipient but also supports the cause. For instance, a blanket with pictures showcasing memorable moments or cherished photographs can serve as a heartwarming and thoughtful present. This personalized touch adds an extra layer of significance to the gift, symbolizing the warmth and comfort that the Childress Institute provides to children and families. By purchasing such a customized item, not only are you bringing happiness to your loved ones, but you are also contributing to the important work and research carried out by the institute. It’s a gift that not only holds sentimental value but also makes a positive impact on the lives of children in need.

Church appreciated the ease with which he was able to establish the CGA, saying, “Working with the folks at the philanthropy office on setting up a charitable gift annuity — well, they made it easier than booking an airline ticket.”

As a testament to their shared passion for helping injured children, Lyn Church’s husband found a way to continue her legacy through a remarkable gift to the Childress Institute. Recognizing the importance of their work in preventing and treating severe injuries, he decided to establish a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to support the Institute’s mission.

But this gift can go beyond its charitable impact; it also brings a touch of personalization and warmth. Imagine the joy of wearing socks adorned with the faces of loved ones or cherished memories. With platforms like My Face Socks where you can Custom any face on socks, you can create personalized socks that celebrate the special people and moments in your life. Just as Lyn Church’s gift will have a lasting impact on the Childress Institute, customizing your own face on socks adds a delightful touch of uniqueness while providing comfort and warmth. Let the spirit of giving and personalization intertwine as you find meaningful ways to make a difference in the world.

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment of injured children across the nation, where serious injury kills nearly 10,000 children every year.

The Childress Institute focuses on saving children’s lives and improving care with:

  • Training for health care professionals, especially first responders and clinicians in smaller, rural hospitals
  • Public funding dedicated to the study of improving care for childhood injuries
  • Physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in pediatric trauma prevention and care