AGS Cares Donates Over $5,000 to Six Charities
The AGS Cares Program made second quarter donations of $5,090 to six charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas, according to a news release.
“These charities continually work to make a difference in the world and we are pleased to support their efforts with a portion of our revenues,” said AGS President Brian Schaeffer, adding that checks totaling $5,090 were sent to six charities during the month of June.
The AGS Cares Program donations included:
- Feherty’s Troops First Foundation: This is a Laurel, Md.-based nonprofit organization that works to provide meaningful assistance to our service members who have suffered devastating injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- IMAHelps: Headquartered in Rancho Mirage, Calif., IMAHelps organizes annual humanitarian missions to provide critical healthcare services, including cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, to some of the poorest communities in Latin America and Asia. IMAHelps medical teams include general internal medicine doctors, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatricians, OB-GYNs, dentists, prosthetists and physical therapists. During the past three years, IMAHelps volunteers have provided free surgeries and other healthcare services to nearly 30,000 indigent patients in Nicaragua. The organization’s next medical humanitarian mission is set for Aug. 8 to 18 in Huacho, Peru.
- Joel Osteen Ministries: Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. Joel Osteen Ministries provides the basic necessities of food, clothing and medical supplies to hungry children and families in need, while also using television, the Internet, podcasts and other new technologies to reach others with the Good News of the Gospel to inspire people everywhere and help them rediscover their true purpose in life. Joel Osteen Ministries is involved in vaccination programs, abandoned baby centers and centers for young troubled teens looking for a new life and a fresh start.
- KOA Care Camps: A non-profit charity of the KOA Owners Association, KOA Care Camps sends kids with cancer to special camps where they can enjoy camping and recreational experiences at no charge to their families. Created in 1984, the program has grown to support 52 KOA Care Camps across the country.
- Operation Kindness: Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. Operation Kindness has saved nearly 70,000 animals since its inception. Operation Kindness cares for an average of 200-250 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 60-80 animals in foster homes. More than 3,000 dogs and cats are assisted by Operation Kindness each year.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. It’s also the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.
AGS plans to make subsequent donations to the charities listed above on a quarterly basis. AGS launched its charitable giving program in late February 2012, providing cash and in-kind advertising in excess of $60,000. Based in Crowley, Texas, AGS provides guest guides (site maps) and website services for more than 800 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada. Texas Advertising acquired AGS from Good Sam Enterprises LLC in 2011. For more information about AGS, visit its website at www.agspub.com.