We're so honored to share the kind words from the editorial board of the Longview News-Journal this week in their piece, "Successful campaign reminds again how Buckner blesses our city."
Longview has a wealth of wonderful organizations working to lift up people and make them stronger, but Buckner Children and Family Services often stands out.
To illustrate how much Longview residents think of Buckner and its programs, we point to the fact $6 million was sought to build the The Linda and Ken Hall Buckner Family Hope Center and The Mac and Tom Stone Buckner Family Pathways facility. The two buildings will occupy a 4-acre campus on High Street.
Not only was that $6 million raised in the past year but Longview residents also went above and beyond, donating an additional $1.5 million that will endow a fund to help pay operating costs.
How often does that happen? It isn't rare that a funding campaign might exceed its budget, say by 5 percent or even 10 percent, but these days it's more likely campaigns will fall short by about the same margin.
It would not have been surprising if that had been the outcome with the Buckner campaign, given the uncertainty in the oil patch and declining sales tax revenue, which points to slipping retail sales and a broader economic slowdown. No one would have blamed the major donors for backing off just a bit.
Except they did not, and we believe it was for the best of reasons: Buckner has a reputation for transforming lives and is doing that every day across Longview and the region.
Read the full story here.
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