A must read!!!
One of our board of directors, Meme, is an elementary school teacher. She is very active in her school and extremely conscientious of the welfare of all her school's precious students Recently, it came to Meme's attention that a 2nd grade student in her school who she adored is homeless. This child and her mother have been living in a shelter in Camden for the past 8 months. A few weeks ago, the child told Meme that all she wanted for Christmas was a home. Conversations between Meme and the child's mother ensued. The mother, who is a full time student trying to better her life, explained the struggles of being homeless, the scary feelings she deals with in having to be at school while her child is alone at the shelter and the numbers of homes she has found that state agencies had not approved for her over the 8 months she'd been homeless. Meme calls me and basically states the following "Deb, this child is an angel and I cannot have her and her mother living in a shelter any longer. We MUST FIND A WAY TO GET THEM A HOME BEFORE CHRISTMAS!" As difficult as this particular wish would be to fulfill, lets face it we would have to accomplish in 3 weeks what hadn't been accomplished in 8 months, my director's tenacity and unwillingness to accept no for an answer is exactly what makes her an awesome director of my board. And so it began. Meme, myself and Freeholder Doug Long (another director of BK) committed to doing every humanly possible to grant this week.
Now, if you've read any of our prior wishes/posts I'm going to ask you one important question...WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS NEXT?
WISH GRANTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOTHER AND CHILD ARE MOVING INTO THEIR NEW HOME ON DEC 16TH!
Thanks to our director Marie-Elaina (Meme) & MANY OF YOU, this Saturday Meme will be delivering the entire contents of a new home to the family!!! Meme has collected/purchased every single thing this family needs to complete their entire home:
from spoons & cleaning supplies, to furniture & small appliances, to bedding & curtains, pots & pans, food and a Christmas tree & everything in between. Let me not forget, we are paying for one yr of cable and security system for the home too! Mom & child should be snuggled up warm and safe in their new home by Sat night.
To accompany Meme on Sat are our biker friends, the cupcakes, other board members & volunteers who will help by unloading the truck, Delivering & assembling all the furniture, hanging pictures etc. we have a few more surprises for Mom and Child but they have to wait till Saturday.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
The previously homeless mother & child will be out xmas shopping (with donated monies) while we, along with several dozen volunteers including our friends "the Cupcakes" will be delivering, assembling and decorating the home we helped this mom/child get into before xmas fulfilling a 7 yr olds wish to us for a home for xmas. Fox news is covering the story along with the courier post. Be on the lookout for it on your local news and for pics to be posted tomorrow.
A HUGE THANK YOU FOR MARIE-ELANA, the people of CHEWS elementary, Lowes, Social Services of Camden, all the volunteers AND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT DONATED A GIFT CARD, PIECE OF FURITURE, APPLIANCE, GIFTS, BEDDING, CLOTHING, FOOD AND ON AND ON.........................
A Christmas miracle in the making. Joy rising people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!