In 1997, our family first hosted a child from the Chernobyl area in our home. That was helpful and extraordinary for the Belarusian child Margarita, but I wanted to give more children an opportunity for health and hope. Therefore, “Tender Love for Children,” a nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1998. TLC sponsored camps to bring hope to these precious children living under the lingering, ominous shadow of history’s worst nuclear disaster. TLC continues to work with orphans in Belarus. However, our vision has expanded to also minister to needy children at home and worldwide. And we bring to these children the gift of joy and the gift of music.
Carolyn Anne Venable, President & Founder, Tender Love for Children
1996 – God gives me the vision for helping the children of Chernobyl.
Summer 1997 – The Venable family hosted Margarita through Children of Chernobyl.
1998 – Tender Love for Children founded.
Summer 1998 – The Venable family hosted Margarita.
Fall 1998 – Carolyn Venable and Deborah Meyers scouted out a suitable camp in France.
Summer 1999 – TLC sponsored seventeen children for three weeks in Gerardmer, France.
Summer 2000 – The Venable family hosted Margarita.
Fall 2001 – Carolyn Venable visited Minsk and scouted out a suitable camp in Slovakia.
Summer 2002 – TLC sponsored 34 children for three weeks in Slovakia.
2004 – TLC sends financial support to a children’s camp in Latvia. First website set-up.
2005 – TLC begins sponsoring an orphan in Belarus through Children of Chernobyl NC. (Now, through Show God’s Love)
Fall 2006 – Carolyn Venable visits orphanages in Israel, Belarus, and India.
Summer 2008 – Carolyn Venable visits orphanages in Belarus.
Fall 2008 – TLC begins sponsoring an orphan in India through Show God’s Love.
July 2009 – TLC sponsors a camp for children from Houston at a ranch in Flatonia, Texas
August 2009 – Granny Vee and Phil the Frog throw a “birthday party” for Navajo children in New Mexico through Foundry UMC.
August 2009 – TLC hosts a young girl from Belarus for a summer respite.
January 2010 – Delight 2000 children on “Show God’s Love” trip to orphanages and schools in India.
Summer 2010 – Friendly Phil the Frog’s Central American Tour to Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Summer 2010 – Friendly Phil the Frog at Santa Monica Pier & in Hollywood
Early Fall 2010 – Mission trip to Dearborn, MI
Spring 2011- May 12 – June 1– Mission Trip to Germany (Inga), Poland, and Belarus
Right after that I got a letter from IRS saying that my charity was no longer a 501c3! The IRS did this to 275,000 charities! I’ll go through my church from now on. The reason was they changed the ground rules and they didn’t let me know. I have always complied with the rules since the get-go but no one told me the game had changed!
Fall 2011 – Sept 21– Oct 12 Mission trip to Israel
March 2014 – Mission trip to Israel