Every day is a blessing. Every day is an opportunity. Every day is the chance to do at least one kind thing, and sometimes that one thing changes someone’s world for the better.
We want to bring you the real stories of the people who have been impacted by 100 Good Women. You are on our list. You get the requests. Sometimes you are the one who gives a gift card or provides a ride or donates an appliance. But what happens when those things leave your hands? Who is receiving your stove or getting the groceries? How does this affect their lives?
Meet Clara*. Clara has young boys. She and her children have had a struggle, but she is pushing forward. She has dealt with abuse and is living in a way that keeps her children and herself under her abuser’s radar. She came to Lawrence some time ago, spending 11 months homeless before finding a place to live. The boys are now home-schooled and her whole life is anonymous.
This year many of the social service agencies in Lawrence were struggling to fulfill all the Christmas requests, and some families were slipping through the cracks. Clara didn’t want her children to wake up without Christmas.
She agreed to share her story with the rest of the organization.
“I don’t remember exactly how I heard about 100 Good Women. I think it was just a conversation I overheard. Something someone else was talking about.”
She reached out to 100 Good Women and requested some Christmas help. Without it, she was sure she couldn’t provide gifts. The day before Christmas Eve was when Clara received the news that she would be getting some gift cards.
Clara said, “For a minute I lost my breath. Not only did [she] not forget about us, but [she] came through. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Do you remember what it was like when you were a child and saw your presents under the tree? Do you remember the happiness and magic of Christmas? Clara and her boys knew that feeling this year. They knew because 100 Good Women gave Clara gift cards. Clara used those gift cards to buy presents for her children. Gifts that she got to choose for her boys. How amazing this concept is. They couldn’t have had Christmas without 100 Good Women. She asked. We were able to say yes.
“When people give...and you really, truly need help...I hope I can do that someday.” Clara said with sincerity.
A few weeks ago we received a thank-you from Clara. She explained her situation and thanked us for helping. And she also told us thank you.
“I thank you so much for giving these boys a Christmas- may you all be blessed!”
We are so blessed.
When a mother comes to us, we want to say yes. We ache to say yes to each and every parent and child who needs something that we have the ability to provide.
And we did this year. We can shout that! We were able to help every family at Christmas this year! These families are just like Clara’s. They are part of this community and are in need. And they all had faces that lit up with the glow of Christmas, and it came from you.
Do you know someone who is interested in being a member of 100 Good Women? Send them to our website. www.100goodwomen.org. Share this blog with them. Repost it on Facebook. The more people we have, the stronger our ability to bring something good to each family who needs it.