I received the following request via e-mail yesterday, and was so moved by the story. Such an amazing proof of one person making a difference! If you live here in Anchorage, please feel free to donate through Nestlyne. If you live elsewhere, please consider participating in similar contribution drives.
It’s about that time again. When little fingers and little noses get cold in the mornings. It’s not too bad at this point – but I’d like to get started early this year, before fall and winter set in!
Every year my daughters and I conduct a charitable drive called “Warm Hearted” where we collect hats, coats, scarves, and mostly GLOVES for children at neighboring homeless shelters.
We started this event when my daughter (now eleven) was only two years old, and my youngest was a year old. I was a single mom with two babies – life was so stressful and hard for me and I thought to myself, “It can’t possibly get any worse.” And then something happened that changed my entire perception on my own hardships. There was a homeless mother and child (of about 2 or 3 years old) standing on a corner in Anchorage, AK. It was December. It was probably 15 degrees outside plus a wind chill factor – pushing the cold into the “below zero” temperatures. I pulled over and asked them to meet us at Barnes and Noble where I purchased them a hot meal. Their skin was chapped and beet red from the wind. I asked if they wanted a ride to the shelter or food bank – and she politely declined. She thanked me for the food and when they got up to walk away I noticed they weren’t wearing any gloves. Their fingers looked as if they had been soaked in a pot of boiling water – it was so red from the cold that it was burned. Frost bite. I took my own gloves out of my purse and handed it to the little girl. Imagine my shock when the mother took them for herself! And then, to my everlasting surprise, I watched my two-year-old take off her little mittens and hand them over to the little girl. She was copying mommy. I was so very proud at that moment. Proud of both my little girls. And that is when I learned that no matter how difficult I think my life is – there is someone else out there whose road to travel is not as paved as my own. Now, every single year, I teach my daughters lessons in humanity by collecting gloves and other warm winter items and we distribute them to locale homeless shelters.
If you would like to help – please join our yearly outreach. One person may not make a big difference. But a group of people united in a cause – makes more than a just difference…
We Impact Lives.
My name is Nestlyne
my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
OPTIONS FOR HELPING:
1.You can purchase gloves and I will collect them from you for distribution/ or you can drop them off.
2.You can send me a check for a donation - and I will purchase the gloves for you for distribution.
3.You can go through your old winter wear and I will have a collection box set up at both my home and my place of employment for any donations.
The donations/gloves can be anonymous – but I will be sending everyone receipts and notes from the women/children that we help! Please attach a return address and your names.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH