Earlier this year, you may remember hearing about a donation for students. The story has come full circle, and I can’t wait to share the details with you. It never ceases to amaze me what happens when we work together.
In April 2018, I felt led to contact Jeff Burchett of the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP). He works with Operation Sharing, which distributes donated items to needy families across 15 states. Specifically, I felt let to request that the donated soaps raised through Hyssop Tree’s Buy One, Send One mission would be sent to children in need in Letcher County, Kentucky.
I have a special place in my heart for the people of Letcher County. When I was a student, I opted to complete some of my required courses in Appalachia. As a “starving student,” I was beyond touched by the generosity and compassion that was extended to me. Local families adopted me, fed me, provided a place to stay, and even helped me with laundry.
Fast forward over 10 years later, and I could not get the pressing need of the children off my heart. There are many grandparents and family members raising young children and striving for something better. But often times circumstances beyond their control can become roadblocks on their path to success. One bar of soap can make a big difference. So I contacted Jeff to see if it would be possible to make a very specific request.
My first phone call with Jeff was impressive – there are very few organizations who take the time to really understand the needs of the local people, but this one was very different. I knew immediately that this was the organization I needed to partner with to get our soaps to children in Letcher County. My request was simple: deliver the soaps to the children in Letcher County with the greatest need.
The support from the Hyssop Tree community was incredible. People joined together to make it happen. I extended the deadline to make sure we could get as many soaps to the children as we could. Then it was time to box them up and ship the package to CAP.
I thought you might like to see what it was like filling the box with soap, so I took a video and sped it up. I honestly wish I could fill a box that fast! In the video, you’ll also hear some of my conversation with Jeff. He agreed to let me record the conversation so you could learn a little more about how the process worked.
The soaps were delivered to Little Cowen Elementary School. One of the family resource counselors, Donna, reached out to me the morning that she received the soap. She immediately told me they had been praying for soap. This is a significant blessing to so many families.
I want to thank everyone who purchased soap for this project. I am personally beyond grateful simply to be part of the process. This could not happen without your continued support and purchases. As we celebrate Giving Tuesday, I want to thank you for making a difference every time you purchase a soap from Hyssop Tree.