Her birthday is on Christmas. She'll turn 11 in just a few days. She keeps asking her momma why there aren't any presents under the tree.
That momma and this family is one of the families we're sponsoring this year for our Give Hope project. That momma came over this Thursday to help wrap gifts for her dear Hope Link friends who would be receiving them. We secretly wrapped her gifts up while she wrapped for others. Then we sent her home with a car full of presents to cover that empty space under the tree.
She sent me this text the next morning...
Sometimes I think I'm crazy for taking on this challenge every year, and then things like that happen, and I remember why we love doing this. This community of women and families who are all connected by the hardships and blessings of having a child with special needs is unlike anything I've ever seen. It's beautiful and inspiring.
Tonight, I just wanted to thank you. Everyone who is following our journey and this project and doing what they can to help, thank you for buying, donating, and sharing. It means so very much to these families.
I wanted to share a few of the amazing things I get to see through Hope Link and the families that are a part of it.
A few days ago, one of our Hope Link mommas posted an amazing video of her son walking for the 1st time with these words....
On the same day, another Hope Link momma shared these words in the Hope Link group. She said,
I wanted to share this video of my daughter crawling! She will be 2 in just 2 weeks, and this just started about a month ago, very shortly after our November (Hope Link) meeting!
We are very private in what we share on Facebook. There was a time, not too long ago, when fear of the future overcame me. You have all given me HOPE for our future, whatever it may look like, and a little but of peace in the journey. For now, though, we are celebrating this amazing feat, and I wanted to share with you all!
This is the beautiful thing about a community like Hope Link. They truly do give each other hope. I am constantly inspired by the way they love so well and the way they serve and celebrate each other.
So if you're wondering what in the world it is that would get us to even attempt something like this, it's that. It's all that hope that this community of women bring to me and to each other.
I have to tell you about all the good stuff because there is also lots of hard stuff that comes with having kiddos with special needs. One of our Hope Link moms tweeted about the horrible shopping experience she had last week. Employees and customers were rude and made inappropriate comments. That's no way to treat a child with special needs or their family. Remember, you never know what someone is walking through or dealing with....ever. That's why we have to love recklessly. We have to love even if it'll hurt. We have to love even when it appears to be an inconvenience. We have to love the way Jesus loved.
I wish I could help these babes walk or watch them for a night while their parents have a night out for once, but I can't do those things. But there are things that I can do, and Christmas is one of them. So if you've been watching and wondering what in the world we're doing.....the only way I know how to describe it is love. I have fallen in love with these babes and their families. They have captured my heart. They need to be loved well. They need to be given a little hope. Sometimes the hospitals and the bills and the diagnosis's (or lack there of) are too much, so we give hope at Christmas.
If you haven't had a chance to see our Give Hope video, please take a moment to watch it below. And if you'd still like to help, there are 3 ways you can help in these last few days.
We still need:
1. Donations: To donate, simply comment below with your email address and the amount you'd like to donate. All donations will be used to fulfill the wish lists of our Hope Link families.
2. Deliveries: We have families all over the Oklahoma City metro area. From Norman to Yukon to Edmond and everywhere in between. If you'd like to pick up and deliver to a family, we would love for you to be a part of or deliveries. It's the best part of the process!! Comment below if you're interested in delivering. Deliveries will happen Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
3. Gifts we still need (You've got to be local to the OKC area to be able to help with this one.)
• Men's New Balance shoes size 15 (4e) color navy (I can give you details on the style)
• bodyguardz iPad Air 2 screen protector
• a Jurassic world toy
• a set of gorilla grilling mats
• b toys Ribbit-tat-tat drum (target)
• Quadrillion game (target)
• Usher cologne (kohls usually has it)
• Men's Thunder tee size L
• Men's Thunder hoodie size L
• boy outfit size 7/8
• girl outfit size 7/8
• Pie Face game (I know it's a long shot)
• a toy kitchen
• kids Converse size 8 toddler Chuck Taylor navy
• unisex Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High top sneakers white size women's 8
• Tom's 6.5 grey (women)
Anything you can give, deliver, or buy is such a huge blessing to these families.❤
Thank you for helping us give hope this Christmas.