Why we do what we do!
Each year we adopt a family that needs help to make a better holiday for them. This year we adopted a family of eight, dad, mom, and six kids.
A little about our adopted family
Dad lost his arm and is not working or collecting Social Security at this time. Mom lost her job due to time off needed to help her husband through this difficult time while also raising 6 children. As you might understand, Mom ended up in the hospital due to the stress and the emotional toll life was taking on her and her family. Currently dad is getting back on his feet going on interviews and looking for work. Even if he finds employment soon, the holiday season is right around the corner and they are still in dire need of assistance.
Mom and dad were in the Salvation Army office applying for Christmas assistance. When they started listing their children they had such kind, nice remarks about each child. Their face lit up with love as they humbly asked The Salvation Army for help!
I want to take a moment and share with you all my experience this morning. I made an appointment to go to The Salvation Army to drop off the gift to "our adopted family". Those of you who may have missed it...we were able to give $2,000 to our adopted family of 8.
When I got there, the social worker at TSA said she was going to drive to the family's house to bring them down to accept the gift personally. Their one vehicle for the whole family broke down over the weekend. Boy, I was nervous to meet them!
I was waiting in Captain Carters office and heard them coming in the office door. A very nice looking and young (30 years old each) walked through door looking quite humble.
I told them I had some very generous friends and we collected money to adopt thier family and I handed her the card. Before even looking at it she started to cry and said what a nice thing this was. He had tears in his eyes too. When they opened the card and saw how much was there - they both continued crying. After thanks and hugs - she looked at her husband and said..."honey, now we can go get a Christmas tree". Dad went on to explain that they didn't know what they were going to do this year, their 4 year old daughter kept asking when they would put up the tree!
We did a great thing for this special family! I found a little more about the family. About 15 years ago at age 15, the high school sweethearts became pregnant. 15 years later (today) they are still together and raising their now 6 children. Life has been tough...11 years ago dad lost his arm in a freak household electrocution. He wasn't working at the time. Everyday, they look for jobs and stay positive!
This family is going to make it - and they are happier today because of what we did! Thank you! ~missy
...and this my friends is why we do what we do!
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