Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017, and many celebrate the day with an act of service. One thing I learned as I looked up the history of this federal holiday is that change is slow. I learned that Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, President Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 (it was apparently previously denied despite a petition of over 3 million signatures), and it was celebrated by all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
As I read about the struggle to pass the holiday through the federal system, I can only conclude that speaking up for those that don't have a voice or a powerful advocate takes a special persistence. That is what I'd like to recognize today.
There are many children entering the foster care system every day. Many times, children enter the system with no warning and no time to "pack up." I had mentioned that Ziggy, my therapy dog, has comforted many of these children as they find out they will not be going home.
I honestly cannot imagine being removed from home and everything familiar, especially at a young age. Talk about a crisis!
I am excited to tell you about the difference you made for these children! Together, with your support and purchases, we have touched the lives of 101 children entering foster care!!
There is a special persistence in supporting people who are in crisis, and for that I want to thank you! Thank you for remembering, supporting, and making a difference in the lives of individuals in crisis.
On this day of service, as we remember that persistence is part of change, I want to celebrate our partnership and thank you for persisting and supporting those who are quickly forgotten. Thank you for making a difference!