A few days ago Nina, a single-mom client of ours came in to pick-up backpacks for her daughters Lillian and Alasi, as well as update us on her life. We asked Nina why we hadn’t heard from her in a while and she told us that she hates asking for things. We of course reminded her that we want to keep up with her, not just her needs.
“I knew I would feel loved if I called my friends at Love INC.”
Nina told us she had realized that while she didn’t want to be dependent on anyone, she would need help to get backpacks for the kids’ new school year. Nina called one organization she thought might help. Not only did they no longer have backpacks, but Nina felt embarrassed for having asked. So she gave us a call. “I knew I would feel loved if I called my friends at Love INC.”
While we were catching-up with Nina, 2 of our longtime volunteers, Michael and Karen stopped by.
Nina had just begun telling us she had been diagnosed with cancer and just finished radiation treatment. Michael then said that Karen had also been battling cancer and she just finished chemo. Karen and Nina hugged, finding an instant bond.
While this was happening, our Clearinghouse Coordinator Jeanne noticed a big round button which read, “It’s my birthday!” on the shirt of Alasi, Nina’s youngest daughter. Nina told us Alasi had turned 2 just the day before.
Michael remembered recently donating a little pink bike to us, which at that moment was sitting in our warehouse. (We sometimes refer to Michael as The Pied Piper because he has such an amazing way with kids and they tend to follow him around.)
While Jeanne was talking with Nina, Michael was whispering in the ear of Tabitha, our Volunteer Coordinator that the bike would be a perfect birthday present for Alasi. Michael and Tabitha snuck off to the warehouse to get it.
As you can see from her face, Alasi was thrilled and then some. And her mom was brought to tears. Nina’s other daughter was feeling stylish as she showed off her new backpack filled with cool school supplies.
Not only did God bring Nina and Karen together to share a loving, sympathetic hug, but he also brought Michael here at just the right moment to remind us of the bike he had donated, which became the perfect, pink, 2-wheeled birthday present for Alasi. And on top of that, Lillian started school decked-out in an awesome new backpack! 2 cancer victims sharing a loving hug…a little girl and a new bike…another girl and a new backpack… Feel the love!