Christine and Duncan Orr

Seeing Is Believing

Christine and Duncan Orr

The Orrs say, "Support is critical and we wanted to help in an ongoing way."

Christine and Duncan Orr's decision to include Save the Children in their will was encouraged by firsthand experience. The Flagstaff, Arizona, couple – retired middle school teachers who enjoy traveling by trailer – were on a cross-country trip in 2013 that allowed them to schedule a visit with Save the Children staff.

They went to an elementary school classroom in rural Jackson County, Kentucky, and met girls and boys who were learning to read. Additionally, through the Early Steps to School Success program, the Orrs joined a coordinator on a home visit to meet a young couple and their infant. The purpose was to teach the parents how to encourage the brain development of their son through play. Having been a VISTA volunteer (Volunteers in Service to America) on the Navajo reservation as a 23-year-old, Christine says that "the importance of early childhood education came back to me."

Annual contributors since 2008, their loyalty is reinforced by the agency’s focus on maintaining efficiencies and producing measurable impact. Including Save the Children in their will is a way to improve future lives. Simply put, "Support is critical and we wanted to help in an ongoing way."

A Himalayan tour a few years ago only deepened their commitment. Duncan says, "Our Nepalese tour guide introduced us to a government official for an impromptu chat. The official said that Save the Children's work in Nepal was invaluable. That sealed the deal for us."

We are fortunate to have compassionate partners on the side of kids in need. We appreciate your support, too. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800.544.4470 or plannedgifts@savechildren.org to learn how to help.

By including a gift to Save the Children in your will or other estate plan, you qualify for membership in the Eglantyne Jebb Society. Learn more about this inspirational group of supporters.