Hi again ladies,
I know you are (hopefully) up to your eyeballs in emails, but I had to share... I couldn't believe my eyes on addresses you gals sent me (Bloomingdale, IN and Hilsborough, NJ). You see, I graduated from Bloomingdale High School, in Hillsborough County, FL! Since I'm fairly certain you're not stalking me, there's no way you could've known that! Anyway, it gives me goosebumps every time I read it. :) Proof positive that somebody "up there" thinks that this project is worth doing!!!
Keep it up ladies,
Lydia and Kate!!!
I just have to let you know what happened to our family in regards to your exchange!!!! I'm in awe! Last year our family was in need, but I didn't ask for help because although we could have used the help, we were able to get through on our own, and I knew there were so many more in need than us. So I watched your experiment unfold and touch so many lives! I wanted to be a part of it all!
Over the last year our situation has improved with a new job for both my husband and myself. I saved a few dollars here and there so I could be a giver this year! Things are still tight, but we are good. And so with my $100 in hand I got a Walmart gift card for my match. My husband was skeptical to give so much money to a stranger, trusting that they needed it more than us, but I put my faith in God, and mailed it!
Yesterday a distant family member who has never given us anything but best wishes for Christmas, felt the need to give us a gift. A card with 100$ gift card to Walmart! God is amazing! And you are helping do His work here in earth! Thank you for letting me be a part if these miracles!!!
Dear Kate and Lydia,
Dear Kate and Lydia,
Then, I got home and there was a package in the mail! I received a gift card for $40 which is going to buy quite a bit for our daughter, and a kids movie (YAY!!!) and some candy for stocking stuffers. She also sent some lip balm (which I always seem to need) and I don't know how she knew I needed mascara, but she sent mascara. I've been putting off buying mascara because we needed other things like food, and I have been scraping and trying to get the last bit out of mine. So needless to say, lots more ugly crying. Thank you Kelley for your kindness and caring package. You are truly a God send! We will never forget it, and I hope that one day I can do this for another struggling family. Thank you Kate and Lydia for putting this all together. You guys are amazing, caring women that can make me laugh and and cry at the same time.
I had to share with you this crazy, awesome story that happened today. I know that you'll love it because it is Christmas magic and totally why we do this. I got the name of a Mama who needs help through Give it up Mommyland. I went to Target and bought her a $50 gift card and mailed it today. My son is a freshman in high school and had his phone stolen last fall & the kids who did it were caught and I was told that I would be receiving partial/full restitution for the phone. My son came home from school and gave me (drum roll please....) a $50 bill from one of the kids as a first payment! Awesome to get that money back, but I think that God may have been sending me a message and I've got to go out and do more good with it. Thanks for the other ideas - I'll be heading to WalMart to pay off a lay away. :-)
Thanks again for setting this up and helping so many ladies. It was a great surprise for me to get today too!
I want to tell you about something neat and almost unbelievable that happened regarding the exchange. I noticed a few days ago that I needed a new sponge, ours was gross and smelly and unusable. While getting a few things at walmart yesterday I grabbed a pack of sponges but had to put it back at the checkout because I didn’t have enough. Today I checked the mail and saw that I got a package. Inside was a clutch purse, a gift card to walmart, AND A PACK OF SPONGES! I could not believe it. A card explained that they had gone to get sponges because they ran out and her son suggested they include some sponges in the package and that every household needed sponges. I am still in shock! Thank you for organizing the exchange and thank you to Amy and her family for the sponges and for allowing me to put some Christmas gifts under the tree this year!
I don't know how someone knew I wanted help but was too afraid that my problems were too small to ask. So many need so much more than I do. But I somehow received a gift card from a Helping Hooker. I was able to get a new headlight for my car. Thank you Ladies. I can't wait until its my turn to be a Helping Hooker. Thank you for all you do.
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