All that I knew to do was pray for some help for this family. I was encouraged to send an email to the staff about this situation. I did just that, telling them of my home visit. The response from the staff was immediate and one of support. A co-worker put my email on her Facebook page and immediately two families stepped up. This same co-worker also shared with a friend at ProFed Credit Union; those employees stepped up and “showed out” as my mother would say. They really stepped up, showing a single parent that people still love and care for their fellow man without having a personal relationship.
A donated couch, chairs, tables, television, bunk beds, dinette set, washer and dryer arrived on a cold Sunday, Dec. 4. It was cold outside — all involved were warm from the love that was spread on this family. This mother was overwhelmed with joy from the generosity of others to her and her children! She kept saying “I thank you all” more than you could count. I checked back with the mother later in the week, and she said “this house is feeling like a home.” When I delivered the items from ProFed Credit Union, the Christmas tree was up and the stockings were hung on the wall – the spirit of love is apparent in that home now.
The school staff donated tables, a couch, chairs, bunk beds, mattress, television, microwave, clothing, and a gift card. The Facebook families donated a Christmas tree with trimming, tablets for each child, new blankets, new towels, kitchenware and silverware, paper product items, lightbulbs, toiletries, clothing, dinette set, washer and dryer! ProFed Credit Union came in with clothing, Christmas toys, batteries, hair care items, a new television, houseware/kitchenware products, new towels, movies, Internet service and a gift card for the mother to purchase a gift that she wanted for her children. The mother was visibly moved by the kindness of others – people who didn’t know her and just wanted to help make her house a home for her children.
I shared with my principal that my Saturday, Dec. 3, reading in Our Daily Bread was about “Listeners and Doers.” That lesson closed with this prayer; “Father God, Your heart beats for the vulnerable and for those who are alone. Help us to love Your people as You love them, for we are made in Your image.” He – God- helped us love a family who needed not only love but a renewed faith that people really do love and care for others.
Gayle Harris, administrative assistant, Shawnee Middle School