All of us have a story to tell and a legacy to leave. Below are inspiring stories of faithful supporters like you. Each has included World Vision in their estate plan so they can continue to support World Vision after their lifetime - it's their legacy of love to the world's children.
Maisie Herink, California
World Vision partner since 1976
Maisie remembers holding her newborn son one day-and suddenly feeling overwhelmed by the thought of those less fortunate than her small family. "I realized there were so many children in our world who have nothing," she recalls.
It wasn't just a passing thought. Maisie knew she had to act.
"I investigated all the charitable organizations and decided to support World Vision," she says. Today, more than 30 years later, she still hasn't forgotten those children in need. Maisie currently sponsors five of them.
"World Vision does a fantastic job helping people support themselves," she explains. "They're not just giving food to people and then forgetting about them; they help people become self-sufficient from one generation to the next."
Not long ago, Maisie read an article about gift annuities in World Vision's magazine. "At first, I didn't understand what a gift annuity was." But she called anyway, and a World Vision specialist guided her through all the details. Then, Maisie says, "I decided to do it."
"With a gift annuity, I receive an income now-and I can help others after I pass away. I worked hard for my money, and I don't want to waste it. Why not give it to World Vision, where I can get a better income and help people?"
Today, Maisie finds joy knowing that her legacy will benefit those in need. "World Vision is the best organization I know for doing this," she says. "My happiness comes from knowing that the money I give to World Vision goes to help the poor."
Do your current plans reflect the legacy you want to leave?
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