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A nostalgic delivery

An alumnus of Buckner Orphans Home reflects on how he still benefits from the influence and guidance he received

When William Johnson made a delivery to the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid, he didn’t expect to be reminded of his childhood. 

William was delivering supplies to the center when he noticed the name Buckner. Seeing the name brought William back to the time he lived at the Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas as a child . He was excited to hear it was the same organization. 

William first came to live at the Orphans Home when he was 12 years old. He stayed until he aged out at 18. His two brothers lived at the home as well. 

William shared that his time at the Orphans Home was a lifesaver. 

“I would have been a felon if I didn’t live there,” he said. 

Today, William is a volunteer chaplain, serving those who are incarcerated. The guidance he received while at the Orphans Home has continued as an adult. 

“Both my brothers and I are doing great and all have families,” he said. “What Buckner did for us is a big part of our success in life. Thank you, Buckner, for what you do for children.” 

Buckner continues to help vulnerable children through foster care and adoption. See how you can give a loving home to a child in need in your community.


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