Dear friend of KHCS,
Just a few short weeks ago the world’s
attention was on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. This was
certainly the worst disaster to hit the United States, with over 90,000
square miles affected.
While aid and relief supplies poured
in from across the country and around the world, the task of rebuilding
will take months, or even years. Will this assistance continue for the
long haul, or dry up once Katrina is no longer in the headlines and on
the nightly news?
One effect is that local ministries
and aid organizations, including the Palm Desert Chapter of the Red
Cross, are suffering from a loss on revenues.
The first few months of 2005 have
shown a decline in giving to many not-for profit charitable and
religious organizations, possibly due to giving to help the victims of
the Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of 2004.
Now it is Katrina. While it is
certainly good to help those stricken by catastrophe, please remember
that there are other ministries, like the listener-supported ministry of
Joy 92-FM, that still depend on your faithful support.
And here in California, we could
experience an earthquake or other natural disaster.
You may not know this, but most of the
Coachella Valley north of Interstate 10 is designated as a flood plain.
This area extends from Mission Creek on the west, easterly through the
Coachella Valley Preserve. The communities of Desert Hot Springs and
Thousand Palms are at risk of flooding if there are severe rainstorms
over the Little San Bernardino Mountains and Indio Hills.
To prepare for a flood or earthquake,
I suggest that you take some of your luggage down from the attic and put
in a few old clothes (you’re not trying to make a fashion statement!),
copies of important papers, soap, a toothbrush, protein bars, some
bottles of water and other necessities. Then keep these in a corner of
your closet. If you need to evacuate your home in a hurry, your
“bug-out bag” will keep you going until the Salvation Army, FEMA, or the
Red Cross arrives.
Speaking of emergencies, we are now
experiencing an emergency here at KHCS, with listener
contributions at their lowest level since 2003. As mentioned earlier,
part of this may be due to last year’s tsunami disaster, and now
donations going to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Joy 92-FM has always
operated on a bare-bones budget, and we don’t have a pile of money in a
savings account somewhere. We have never had a surplus.
Thus, at a time when we are hoping to
move ahead with extra programming to meet listener demand, we may be
forced to have cutbacks just to stay on the air. Your generous
contributions can help prevent this.
If you enjoy listening to the
practical, Christ-centered programming that you hear on KHCS,
this is the time to become involved as a Ministry Partner.
You may not be aware of this, but
Joy 92-FM is the only Christian radio station that has
studios in the Coachella Valley. One-hundred-percent of what you hear
on other Christian stations emanates from northern California or from
another state. Your faithful, tax-deductible contributions will go a
long way toward keeping this, your local Christian station strong.
Please pray about becoming a KHCS
supporter if you are not already.
Your contributions are important at this
especially critical period in our 13-year history. I hope to hear from
Thanking you in advance.
KHCS - Joy92
PO Box 2507
Palm Springs, CA 92263