I’m not sure if it’s the mesmerizing lights of the Christmas trees or the abundance of hot cocoa, but something about this season brings a time of reflection. As I sit by my fireplace, I can’t help but tell you about this wonderful smile across my face. This incredible joy came because you helped care for children in our community.
In my previous blog post, I talked about an opportunity to make a difference. Sadly, my home state of Kentucky has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the entire United States. One impact that has on our local community is children who will have to be in a facility for Christmas, through no fault of their own.
Almost 3 weeks ago, I spoke with my facility contact named Lillian, who told me of the many skin conditions that the children deal with while they are there. She also told me how much a bar of handmade soap would mean to every single child.
On hearing this, I set out to raise 1 year’s worth of soap for every child in this facility. Each child deserves to feel loved, treasured and cared for – she needs to know that Christmas or not, she’s valuable, beautiful and wanted. And that’s where you came in...
Your support was incredible! You shopped online, and you came to visit me at the Holiday Market in Louisville. You told your friends, you purchased soaps and gift sets and you did it!! Because of your support I was able to box up a trunk full of soap.
Because of the nature of the facility, pictures were not permitted. But let me take you through the journey that you made possible.
As I pulled into the parking lot of the unpublished address, I could feel the anticipation. This late, quiet Friday morning was about to get a sprinkle of Christmas cheer. I approached the locked entrance and pushed the button. After being granted entry, I introduced myself and let them know why I was there.
I wish you could see the smiles that you put on everyone’s face. It’s the smile of joy, of gratitude, of excitement. It’s that moment when someone does something for you and you know they didn’t have to, but you feel so special. It was that smile.
It took two of us to carry that big box filled with soap into the main area. It was a group effort keeping the magnetic doors open long enough to carry the box in. I showed them the soaps, and let them know they were for the kids. And I got to deliver the fuzzy socks – the ones the kids have been asking for.
Together, you and I along with our neighbors, friends and family all raised enough for every child to have one pair of fuzzy socks and a year’s worth of soap!
I wish you could see the delight – and the gratitude they have to you.
And the delight and gratitude I have to you, too.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children this year – this will be a Christmas they will forever remember.