I don't think I will ever forget her phone call. She had just lost her mother to cancer and the funeral service was just a couple days away. People had been calling wondering where they could send a donation in honor of her mom. She really wanted to find a place that gave hope to children who knew how it felt to lose someone you love. Her heart was hurting but even in her grief she wanted her mother's death to make a difference. She knew what it meant to have to make sacrifices when you experience loss. She would need to set aside school for awhile in order to help her dad and younger siblings move so they were closer to family. She saw a friend wearing an AHOPE t-shirt and the words about "today your mother died, you have no home... who will help you?" just seemed to fit. The connection just made sense.
I think of her often. As we near her first Mother's Day without her mom I am reminded and humbled by those willing to give, willing to make a difference and help make a change. I am thankful for those willing to give hope.