Christa and her husband, William, have been loyal AFSC donors for years and she recently established a charitable gift annuity.
Christa's connection to Quakers dates back to her childhood in Germany. The year was 1946, and amid the rubble and chaos of post-war Germany, Christa and her family were struggling to survive. "We were refugees; we had nothing," says Christa.
Then British and American Friends began a feeding program at her elementary school. It provided a lifeline that Christa has never forgotten. "Some of the children didn't like the oatmeal and other food, but I was always hungry. I ate it all," Christa says.
Years later, Christa connected with Quakers once again when she was accepted into an internship program that brought medical graduates from foreign countries to the United States for a year. She says that a number of her mentors in the program were Quakers, and she admired their dedication and kindness.
After she met and married William, a schoolteacher, they settled near Philadelphia and sent both daughters to Quaker schools. That's when they began receiving newsletters about AFSC's work and became donors.
"I want to support the kind of work of which I've been a recipient," Christa says. "I want to give back."
And she likes that a charitable gift annuity supports the organization while also providing her and William, who are both retired, with a steady, reliable income. "It just makes good sense," she adds.