I am for the children. I am a hope dealer. It's hard to get up every day and hit the streets asking for help. The reasons people say "no" are endless. The most annoying was a company representative who said they only help nonprofits they've heard about from other sources.
I wanted to say, Seriously, you've never heard about kids who are removed their homes because they are abused and neglected and enter a nightmarish world of foster care without much hope of ever returning to the life they thought was normal?
Instead I said, "I understand, lot's of great causes in the world." Then I hit the streets again and found hope in friends - new and old - and to them I say, "Thank you!"
If you want to know why are we doing this? It's partly because I want the world to know about the needs of foster kids. And it's partly selfish - our volunteers collect hundreds of gifts for abused and neglected children every December for distribution and we need a central hub - something like a north pole full of elves and this idea of storing gifts at the NC State Fairgrounds is the best idea - ever!
The main reason I volunteer my time are the sweet foster children who have opened their hearts allowing me into their lives to help them believe there is hope for their future. I treasure their smiles and emails including the one I received yesterday that started with "Hey Mrs Liza!" filled with details of summer fun and signed "much love."
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Peace and blessings,
Liza, Volunteer President for The Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program
Top 10 reasons to make history in December with a Guinness Book of World Records stocking stuffed with gifts for foster and impoverished children:
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.