I lost my family home about a year and a half ago due to a fire. My family lost everything and I was forced to live with friends and relatives but my dad was luckily safe in a VA nursing home. With no food or clothing, we needed help with just about everything and many kind people were there for us but because we lost our vehicle, my sister and I are now unable to visit dad as much as we used to. read more →

Two years ago, my partner was having some heart problems and was in the hospital. Her birthday was coming up and her son had bought her a car as a present but she didn’t know anything about it. read more →

This past week was M’s birthday. When friends or family members ask me what she wants for her birthday, my answer is usually, “Time”.

This year, M asked us to play at her favorite playground. She asked us to go swimming at the local indoor pool. She asked to share a pizza with her grandparents and to make enchiladas and ice cream cake with a few of her friends from school. And that…was it! No toys. No gadgets. No themed, decorated party with an agenda and entertainment. Just time with friends and family. read more →

We learned in church of a family whose entire house had just burned down just before Christmas.  read more →

 

There is a kid in my class with Autism. I had 3 movie cards so I gave him 10 dollars on a movie card. I also gave another one to my other friend and I still have one left. The kid with Autism was really happy and made a Thank You card for me. Also, he gave me a box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day that he only gave to his “special friends”. – Paul

I teach at a Title I school (which means over 75% of our kids are on free/reduced breakfast/lunch status). Almost every morning one of my little fellows brings me FOOD from the cafeteria (an apple, pear, box of raisins…). read more →

I looked at their grocery basket and could see it had the basics. Just what would get them by until payday. I recognized it after having been that way myself in my younger days. I remember the heartbreak of knowing my kids wanted an occasional treat we could not afford, so I told the clerk at Walmart to put her cart on my card. read more →

I went to a park and lost 4 pendants with my husband’s name, my name and my 2 boys. My family had bought them for me as a 1-year anniversary present and I was devastated. read more →

Last week I was visiting my father in the hospital. My dad has late-stage cancer and is dying. read more →

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in May 2004. My youngest child was four at the time. 10 months later, my dad died, and 30 hours after my dad passed away, my husband died. The doctors gave me very little hope of raising my son. read more →

I’m an addicted knitter and very active on Ravelry.com, a world-wide knitting community. During the last 5 years, I met people from all over the world online or in real life. There are thousands of groups for different interests. One of them is a group which swaps socks worldwide. That’s where I met Kathy from Boston, also an addicted knitter and always up for a challenging pattern and special yarns. We became friends and shared patterns. Kathy flew to Germany frequently staying for just stayed for a couple of days each time but we never managed to meet. read more →

One hot summer day I was trimming my hedges, sweating, a mess. Along comes this car and stops in front of my driveway.

Feeling embarrassed about my appearance, I walked down to see what they wanted. It was a woman and her son was driving. She asked for directions to the Today Drug Rehab. She said she needed to visit her other son. I knew exactly where it was and gave them the correct directions. She looked at me with a hopeless frown. I asked her do you want me to repeat them? read more →