Nov 222012
 

This year — in less than two weeks — the community at Momastery, through Holiday Hands, partnered five hundred families with Monkees across the world who were delighted to lend a hand to make the holiday brighter this season.  It is impossible to quantify the selfless giving during this year’s Holiday Hands, but certainly well more than $200,000 in gifts, rent, repairs, and food changed from joyful to grateful hand as a result of the program.  Perhaps the most important exchanges were the thousands of letters and prayers of love, support, and encouragement. Everyone who listed was served with at least $100 worth of support.

Here’s what grace does:

A mom in need posted a request for 2T clothing for her little girl.  Within minutes, 12 Monkees rushed to her offering to give her what she needed.  The Mom writes:  “I’ve cried more in the past ten minutes than I have in the past few years. . . . I am overwhelmed with goodness!”

A mother of four wrote that she somehow got incredibly behind on her $252 water bill, putting her at risk of getting evicted.  A Monkee, whose husband was deployed, paid the entire bill.

Another mother wrote how overwhelmed she was by all of the strangers that reached out to help her family.  She said she was especially moved when one Monkee wrote to say the Monkee’s father wanted her family to have his Christmas gift in the form of a gift card.  She said “I haven’t felt this kind of Christmas spirit since I was a child.”

Another Monkee paid another total stranger $3000 so her aunt could pay off her uncle’s funeral bills and not have to be hounded by debt collectors.

A mama was given a car seat for her baby.

A struggling couple was given counseling to try to save their marriage.

Families were given Thanksgiving meals that otherwise wouldn’t have been served.

There is not room enough or time today to list the blessings that were exchanged.

When the listing of needs came in, each one had a common theme:  Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the stress and the fear and the not enough.  Overwhelmed by how brutal the world is.

When the gifts came in, the notes of gratitude had the same theme:  Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by all the goodness and the generosity and the so much.  Overwhelmed by how beautiful the world is.

Brutiful.

All across the country, for two weeks and for weeks to come, hundreds of women will go to their apartment doors, mailboxes, and email accounts and feel angel warriors rushing to their aid. They will feel and know that Love Wins and that We Belong to Each Other.  They will carry on for another day, their faith renewed by you that they can do hard things.

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

― Thomas Merton

As I sign off with goose bumps and tears welling, let me say to you…Monkees – savor each bite of your meal tonight, knowing that you have fed your neighbor first. Knowing that even if you are alone, you are NEVER alone.

Love and acceptance and deep, deep gratitude-

Sister, Lou, Liz, Allison, Amy, and Glennon: Your Monkee See- Monkee Do Board

 



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  64 Responses to “Thank You”

  1. […] on the floor, I pause and give thanks – for a daycare I trust, for the gift of new life, and this brutiful life where I am called to both motherhood and ministry.  And I go out into the world to serve a […]

  2. [...] 500 families with their holiday needs. It is pretty fucking amazing. Check out what the group did here in just a few weeks! Because I knew Christmas was going to be the furthest thing from my [...]

  3. I posted out of panic and desperation because somebody had broken into my home and stolen my camera and equipment (I’m a photographer with a new business just starting out). Two wonderful ladies offered to send me cameras and lenses and other items for the cameras. I have not heard back from them, and emailed them each just to make sure that the items they were sending hadn’t been stolen (mail and packages are stolen quite often around here. It’s sad.). And I still have not heard from them. Not sure what may be going on, and – as much as I need a camera in order to run my business – I don’t want to push. I was just raised to follow through on what I’ve told somebody I will do for them, even if it was just out of the goodness of my heart.

  4. all i wanted was a way in to the community to get some help with some troubles I was working through. nobody answered. not here, not in email not through the facebook.

    • I’m sorry to hear that… Hang in there, Heather – I’m sure you’ll hear back real soon. xx

    • Just wondered if Heather had received any reply yet? Sounds like she could really use someone’s response. Heather, sorry that you felt like you slipped through the cracks! The bible talks about the “persistent widow” who didn’t take no, silence, or rejection for an answer…she kept on asking. Let the Monkees know what you need again!

  5. THANK YOU to Sister, Lou, Liz, Allison, & Amy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. LOVE. I love this so much. G and the monkee board, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to reach out.

  7. Dearest, sweetest Monkees. You have changed everything for me, by giving. When my daughter and I received help this year to pay our heating bill, we were jumping-up-and-down ecstatic and incredibly relieved and grateful when the mail arrived; but I also found that I could not completely identify how I was feeling. It was unprecedented, and I had no words for it. It was because no one had ever done this for me before, in my adult life. Just given, without questions or judgement. Just trusted me that I had done my best, understood that there was still a need; and then filled that need. I felt cared for.
    What you are doing is profound. Thank you, Glennon, for reawakening the light of grace in all of our hearts. oxoo

  8. My frieind was helped by the Monkee Family! Thank You is not enough. This is Grace, Hope and Love!!!!!!!!!!!!
    xoxox

  9. Thank you Glennon for making this all possible!! And special thanks to Keri & Bethany who gave up their gift cards so my friend in need can have some gifts for her kids this holiday :) I am so thankful for Momastery.

  10. [...] friends, Jen, shared a link on her Facebook wall. The link led me to this incredible movement, Helping Hands, where ordinary people posted their holiday needs and other ordinary people fulfilled them. It was [...]

  11. Happy Thanksgiving spirit to all. Blessings in the days ahead.Love what this place does and is..

  12. I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me with buying my kids even the smallest of gifts this year. My husband lost his job last month, and we just don’t have the money to buy them anything. I’ve tried thinking of anything that I could sell or do to get them something…but come up empty. We were keeping afloat before he became unemployed, but now…I am so grateful for everything we DO have–but not being able to get them anything this year hurts so terribly as a mom, even though that is not what the season truly is about. If anyone could help me in any way, I would be forever grateful.

  13. It IS more blessed to give! I’ve been smiling ever since…..

  14. I am never alone in this family of Monkees & for that I am forever grateful…..

    It was an honor to submit $ through paypal to a deserving Monk & was gratified to help.

    Bless you all, everyone of you because we are blessed

    xoxo
    cathy

  15. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Love wins, everyday.

  16. <3

  17. All of this makes my heart so happy. Love wins!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! I am thankful for all of you!

  18. Happy Thanksgiving Glennon to you and your family!

  19. Wishing you the love and grace you inspire in me!

  20. Dear Glennon and fellow Monkees,

    My mom died on October 19. She had Stage 4 peritoneal cancer; we knew from the beginning of her diagnosis that the cancer was terminal. She was very fortunate to participate in a drug study that prolonged her life for almost 3 years, and I am so grateful that we had 3 Christmases and 2 Thanksgivings with her after her diagnosis.

    My mom was resilient and also exceptionally thoughtful and generous; she set a wonderful example for my sister and me. Carry on Warrior could have been the title of her memoir. I told her about Monkee See, Monkee Do and love flash mobs and Kairos for Croyles, and she loved the way Monkees reached out to those in need without any strings attached. When I read about Holiday Hands, I clicked on the link to view the posts and immediately found someone who needed *exactly* what I had to give! I looked a little more and found another post that matched what I could offer. Talk about kairos!

    Two days ago, I put packages in the mail to two Monkee families, and I felt like I was carrying on my mom’s legacy of caring and compassion for those going through a hard time. She knew more hard times in her life than one person should bear, but those hard times gave her a unique ability to relate to people regardless of age, race, religion, level of education, or class, and I will strive to do the same in her memory.

    This is my first Thanksgiving without my beloved mother. I wore her ring and her perfume to lunch today to keep her close to me. Holiday Hands allowed me to be *her* hands this year, reaching out to people who needed a little help and encouragement this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Love,
    Monkee Kelly

    • Kelly – I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom – she sounds like she was an amazing lady! Carrying on in her honor is no doubt making her a proud mama from above – watching you spread the love! Offering up extra prayers for you and your family as you miss and remember your mom this holiday season. Love never dies. Peace & prayers. XO

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’ll be praying for you as you continue through the holidays without your mom. My mom also died of primary peritoneal carcinoma (6 years ago), and the first few holidays were so tough. They still aren’t easy but they’ve gotten better. Hugs to you and your family!

      Tracey

      • Tracey –

        Thank you! I didn’t know peritoneal cancer existed three years so, much less come across someone who had it or whose loved one had it. It’s kind of lonely because it’s so rare, there aren’t many awareness campaigns or fundraising organizations or such (although ovarian cancer is similar and treatments are interchangeable.) It’s nice to know someone who understands. What a wonderful thing Monkee magic is!

        Kelly

  21. Thank you for providing a reminder that the holidays are about spreading love and charity, not about stuff. The warm fuzzy feeling I got from the opportunity to help someone else give her kids some holiday joy is better than anything I could receive. The love revolution you started is magical, and I feel blessed to be able to be a small part of something so huge and beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. This gave me tears of hope and healing. Thank you for all involved and Glennon- keep your inspired ideas circulating. This place is my retreat center. I love it so much.

  23. I am STILL under a falling avalanche of yarn from the yarn monkees for my lap-ghan project!!! So much so that I have committed to making lap afghans for the local Hospice House as well as some for the nursing home. I will be crocheting all this yarn until I am a nursing home patient myself. With each stich I am praying over these blankets, infusing them with all the love that I have felt from the monkees. AMAZING LOVE.

  24. Did you intentionally type bruTITful so that I’d laugh while trying to hold back tears resulting from the previous lines?

    If so, thank you. Happy thanksGIVING.

  25. Grateful for Momastery. Grateful for monkees. Grateful to have the word brutiful to use daily. blessings to every monkee everywhere (even those that don’t know they are one yet!)
    j

  26. I have a lot to be thankful for today G, and I want to thank you! I was one of the holiday hands posts. I posted about Christmas presents for my 13 yr old daughter and 16 yr old son and within five minutes I had 2 responses. The first response was from a sweet lady that said she usually picks two kids off of her local angel tree and splits her Christmas budget between them and her 2 teens and that this year my kids were her “angels”! Her children are a big part of it and save their money thru the year to contribute and were ecstatic to find out that she found us! Such sweet, caring people! I immediately marked my post as taken and was so touched by her generosity! The second response was a sweet lady wanting to send my kids a gift card but I told her I was taken care of and thanked her so that she could help one of the others. I looked daily excited to see everyone being helped. What you have done here is so amazing! I received my first package from my monkee sister last Saturday with jeans for my son and they are perfect! She said that was only part 1 and it is going to be so exciting to get mail between now and Christmas! I can’t wait! May god bless you and her and all of the other caring people out there. We are truely blessed!

    • I forgot to add when I got home that day after picking up the package my son had told me that the local church had left a thanksgiving basket of food, which is something that I didn’t ask for! God is so good!

  27. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Glennon!

    Just curious to see if every wish got taken care of? When I was on a few days ago there were 9 or 10 left, most of them bigger ones. I am hoping they were taken care of with the general donations, but if not I’m sure some of us would be able to step up and help with further donations.

    Thanks for organizing this project that gives so many the opportunity to see the power of working together out of love for our fellow Monkees. We are all blessed, whether giving or receiving! Happy Thansgiving to all!

  28. This brings me to tears. Thank you!! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. XOXO Amy

  29. Blessings and love to everyone. xoxo

  30. In the grande scheme of things my family is very blessed, but I lost over a month of pay while I was in between jobs. The help I got from monkees meant that my children did not go without food and will have presents to open on their birthday and Christmas! I didn’t have any money to help anyone out but I was able to donate some baby things to another person who posted. Having someone help me really helped to ease my stress but still being able to help others in what little way I could really made all the difference in helping me feel less helpless and more hopeful! Thank you Momastery for giving my family the biggest gift of all… a Thanksgiving where I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to feed my family and where I don’t have to feel like a failure because I’m in a difficult patch.

  31. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all you love … which is pretty much everyone!

  32. This is so beautiful and extraordinary. Thank you for reminding me that the internet, that the world, is a beautiful place in addition to a painful one.

  33. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. Love from one monkee sister to the monkee family!

  34. Dear Glennon and crew-
    Thank you so much for organizing and facilitating this incredible community of giving for so many people. I am a new Monkee and when I read about Holiday Hands, I came home and told my husband and children all about it. I think that tonight, in honour of American Thanksgiving (we are Canadian) we will go onto the site and look through the needs and choose some way to help another family together. We are the family who has just enough, it seems, but when I see the needs of other, I realize that there is still something we can give. I’m sure of it!
    Love to all of you,
    Lana

  35. To the two women that selfishly helped out my three children this holiday season, I thank you. Knowing that there WILL be presents under the tree this season is a huge feeling of relief. Not only did you relieve some of the stresses of our finances, but you brought my husband and I back together again. With financial stresses, comes marital stresses, and we were on the brink of calling it quits. Your gift was not only a gift of money, but a gift of love. You have saved three children from having a “broken home” and you have shown a mother and a father what “true love” is all about. Thank you also to the women who have created such an amazing gift, you are all inspirational. And to my sister-in-law, who went out “of her zone” and wrote the letter on my behalf, I love you more than you know. You have inspired me and made me want to be a better person. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

    • Sorry, that was “unselfishly”…………oops!!!!!!

    • ♥ ♥ ♥ Ellen

    • This is such a beautiful tribute to everyone that helped in this endeavor. A reminder that things matter even when they seem just to meet material needs. I will pray for your family and I will put hope out there for you each day. Marriage is hard and sometimes life is hard. May you always be the soft place for one another to land. May you come together and remember that we love you and we are rooting for you every day. We root for you and your marriage. It is worth the fight. Warrior on.

  36. So completely beautiful. I don’t have the words for how I feel about this. It’s just so selfless. It replenishes my faith in humanity.

  37. Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  38. Happy Thanksgiving, G. Thank you for all that you do. I am so blessed and grateful to have been a recipient of gift cards for groceries from two Monkees. I am filled with thanks to them and for my daughter who unknowingly to me, wrote to ask for help for me during the rough time I am going through. Your actions and unselfish love have made a HUGE difference in my struggles. Next year I hope to pay this forward. From my heart to each of yours, Happy Thanksgiving. I love you.

  39. Momastery makes my heart so happy and is truly one of things I am most grateful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving to The Melton’s and all the Monkees.

  40. Beautiful, Glennon & Crew. I love that this small group of women with a vision have started a tidal wave of love, generosity and compassion that is being felt and changing lives around the world. Thank you for doing what you all do. I love being a part of it and I love that We Belong To Each Other. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

  41. Glennon, I love that quote. Love. It. It is what life is all about, isn’t it?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and you family – and to all the Monkees!

    PS – remember to wear stretchy pants for all that eating. ;-)

  42. Well, that brought tears to my eyes. So thankful to have found this brutiful community of warriors. Happy Thanksgiving!

  43. Wishing all a Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and peace.

  44. As a mama who asked for help and received it, I say thank you to all of you. I have not felt this much love in my life for a long time. Holiday Hands has restored my faith that there are truly kind and loving people in this world. Because of a few wonderful Monkees, my children will have a wonderful Christmas in what has been a pretty crappy year.

    Today I am thankful for all of you and the joy Momastery brings to us all.

    Much Monkee Love.
    Jenn

  45. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you :)

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