Best Christmas

Here is what I learned from my son being critically ill. I felt the kindness and love of many people, some complete strangers. If nothing else, we felt their prayers. You don’t have to give a fancy gift or a big check to be kind, generous or caring. Sometimes just a hug, prayer, kind words or a smile is enough. When Jake was in Intensive Care, I was afraid to leave his room. It was 2 months before I knew where the cafeteria was. They sent up protein shakes with his meal tray, and I survived on them. One day a lady from the hospital stopped by to visit. I didn’t know her, but she was checking in on us. She had coffee, a muffin and fruit for me. I was scared to death, alone, needed a shower, but at that moment, I felt so appreciative and surprised by her gesture. She continued to check in. For 2 years she visited us. Jake finally told her, when she asked, that he’d like some Dr. Pepper. She brought a case. Jake received gifts from complete strangers. They were the families of Rose students. I was overwhelmed by the love and support of our community, friends, family and strangers. Recently I wrote a blog about The Forgotten Ones. We have formed a group, and in a very short period of time, we have made a difference. I’m not surprised by the generosity of people. I’m amazed at the people who trust in us and trust us to do good things with their donations. I am thankful for Staci and Beth, the two women who work every day with the kids we are working to help. I trust them. I am thrilled to be able to be a voice for them, and I am especially thankful for the trust people have given our group. We are making a difference. People have beds to sleep upon, couches to relax upon, clothing and shoes. Maybe, for once, they feel like they’ve been wrapped in a big hug, like somebody gives a damn. People get into situations they can’t control. It’s easy to sit back and criticize. Until we’ve walked in their shoes, we’ll never fully understand. But for those of you, who want to help, to ease a little of the burden- thank you so much! If you have nothing to give, give your prayers. They are felt too. This is probably going to be the best Christmas of my life…

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