Last year in July, I spilled my heart out to each and every one of you. My husband was laid off, and we had gone through our rainy day funds. We were facing an eviction and disconnect noticed from every utility company. YOU, my readers, and friends came to our rescue! Thanks to all of you, we were able to pay our rent and our bills! I couldn’t believe how blessed we were. I couldn’t believe how much you all cared. If you want to read about that horrible time in our life, you can do so HERE. I never did write a proper thank you to all of you. So from the bottom of our hearts I want to thank each and every one of you that came out of the woodwork with words of encouragement, ideas, and the financial help. Since then we’ve been paying it forward!
I want to let you all know that my husband is working again! In September he was hired by Sheetz as a Shift Supervisor. We are making it work. We even have insurance now! Thanks to everyone’s support and encouragement we never gave up! Back in July I made a promise that if we were helped I would pay it forward when we could. I want to tell you that I have been doing just that! Every Wednesday I volunteer at our local Urban Mission. We donate whatever we can, whenever we can. Paying it forward has been an important part of our lives ever since. We never asked for a hand out, what we needed was a hand up.
Paying it Forward With a Hand Up
When you’re into volunteering you get to meet a lot of awesome people. People who’s hearts are so big, it makes you wonder where they actually keep it! A few weeks ago I met one of these people. Her name is Jessica. She is such a sweet person, and knows the true meaning of a hand up and paying it forward. Here is what she says about her mission:
Hello, my name is Jessica and am the mother to 7 wonderful children. I run “An Angel of Hope” on Facebook. I decided to start this mission because I, like so many other Americans knows what it’s like to have very little! 42% of children live with their family in poverty. Sadly this statistic isn’t getting any better! I started this mission in hopes that I can bring people together, to help each other. We have families that need just the basic everyday items, like toilet paper, toothpaste, and even diapers for their baby. I post their needs on my page in hopes that maybe someone can offer an item or two to this family. A lot of times a couponer may come along and pass down an item they paid very little for, or someone got a little extra in their paycheck so they help the next person! Many children go without something as simple as a birthday cake, or a gift to open, or even Christmas gifts under the tree. They are also placed on our page hoping someone can fulfill there wish! The only thing we ask from the person in need is when they are able to they give back! We do screen the families to make sure they are truly in need, once that process is verified they are placed on our page until a sponsor offers to help, we then send the sponsor a shipping address and ask that the items are sent right to the family. The families are required to send in photos of their family/children with the items that were sent in! We all love seeing the smiling faces of the children and their families with their new items. We hope that one day these helping sites are no longer needed, but until then I can only pray people continue to help each other!
An Angel of Hope
Jessica and I are teaming up to bring you what we’d like to call a reverse giveaway. We are putting together a multi-winner giveaway, but at the end of the giveaway the winners will get to pick whether they want to keep their prize or sponsor one of the families or children on An Angel of Hope’s page. I was going to celebrate our 5000 Facebook likes with a giveaway, but I thought that this idea is much better. The Reverse giveaway will take place in February that way the children who need Easter presents will have time to receive them. If you’re a blogger an you’re interested in participating in this by offering a prize pack or two for children an/or families as a whole. Please email me and I can give you more information. We are very excited about doing this and we hope you are too!