‘Have Faith’ became my mantra after losing my parents nine days apart. While focusing on forgiveness, acceptance, inspiration, transformation, and honor, I’m dedicated to helping individuals find strength and inner peace, especially during times of adversity, through personal growth, preparedness, service, and accountability.
Before you cringe because it’s only mid-July, keep in mind Christmas decorations are already on the shelves! So, I’m just doing my civic duty to ensure we have all of the donations we need in time for our amazing Stockings for Seniors project!
This will be our 3rd year of providing holiday goods to senior citizens in our community. We work closely with the YWCA, and they determine who will benefit the most from our giving. It is our intent to provide for at least 50 seniors this year, so it truly is important to start now.
Here’s our wishlist:
Journals or Puzzle Books
Small Calendars for 2017
Soft, Fuzzy Socks (These will be available in the fall.)
Kitchen Dish Soap
Kitchen Dish Cloth & Towel (Prefer Matching Set, if financially feasible.)
Bath Soap or Body Wash
Bath Towel, Hand Towel & Wash Cloth (Prefer Matching Set, if financially feasible.)
Holiday Treats will be requested in November to ensure freshness.
Several of these items may be found at Dollar Tree. We ask for kitchen and bath soap because many of our seniors do not have the funds to purchase these items, and based on feedback from our 2015 outreach, we now know the towels were one of the most well received items. Although we want to provide practical gifts, we also want to ensure we provide fun and whimsical items to keep the holiday spirit alive.
If you’d like to donate items, or make a monetary donation to this specific cause, please email email@example.com.
My dad and I were always close, and I was grateful I didn’t have to make up for lost time. The time we had was wonderful, and only re-affirmed how fantastic of a dad he truly was. He was also an amazing writer and poet, and an awesome, awesome grandpa. He was only 64 years old, though, and I thought I would have him in my life for many more years than he was given.
My mama lived about ten minutes from me. My mama was a wonderful mom, always forgiving, always willing to help out, and was always happy to see me, and her grandchildren. She was generous and loving and genuine. She was an amazing artist, with incredible talent, and she shared that creativity as a teacher, art exhibitor, and volunteer.
I was in New Mexico the weekend my dad died, and I was anxious to reach my mama to tell her of the news. I wasn’t sure how she would react, and I was concerned. Although my parents were divorced, they were still friends, very much respected one another, and did their best to look out for each other.
When I couldn’t reach my mama, I called a good friend of mine and asked her to go to my mom’s house to ensure she was alright. I had the opportunity to talk with my mom that Sunday afternoon, and she sounded really good. I can’t express the amount of relief I felt when I heard her voice. She told me she missed me, and I told her I loved her, and would be at her house as soon as I got off the plane the following day. And, I was. The moment my plane landed Monday, my husband picked me up and took me directly to my mama’s house. It was there that I found my mom on the floor, unresponsive. She spent eight days in ICU, but she never woke up. She died Monday, March 21, 2011. She was also only 64.
With shock and disbelief, I lost both of my parents only nine days apart. The last few years have been difficult, surreal, sad, and the harsh reality often slaps me in the face. However, my parents were absolutely amazing people. They allowed me to be me, and whenever I made a mistake (which was often!), they helped pick me up and encouraged me to move forward.
I’ve always been involved in social causes, and my parents always supported my ambitions of helping others. I’m who I am today because of my mom and dad, and I’m incredibly blessed to call them my parents.