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Please look at what happened yesterday. Every need was filled in one day. Yesterday- over 600 families got what they needed for the holiday season- half received help in the form of an offering from a stranger and the other half received help in the form of the chance to make a difference for a stranger. The stories about hearts that were touched and changed forever yesterday are pouring into my inbox like a Love Avalanche. I can’t stop reading. I haven’t showered since Sunday morning, because I can’t pull myself away. My whole family would love if I would step away from the Love Avalanche to clean myself. But – no,thank you. One cannot just STEP AWAY from a miracle like this. One must hold one’s breath and stay inside of it for as long as humanly possible.
I thought I’d share this today. I got this letter last night, from Monkee Mama Kandra about her little girl, Gabbie.
I requested cards for my daughter, who at the tender age of 7, is realizing that she is different and does not quite fit in. The most heartbreaking feeling as a parent is to see your child hurt. She is hurting. She is feeling alone.
Then I saw that Monkee Mama Jamie posted these pics about what her daughter was doing last night. For Gabbie.
Here is my girl working hard on making cards for the Monkees that needed some card love this season. We couldn’t do a lot, but seeing this, how hard she is working, and the love she is putting in has made me so happy. She may be 15, but she is a Monkee. So much love tonight.
So, I feel like I need to post the finished product of Lena’s card. I read it and cried this morning because she talks to her about how she didn’t feel special when she was younger in school and that it does get better. She extended her love and offered to be a penpal if she wants. This magical movement is not only redefining love for us adults, who may be all hurty and now feel the love, but it is teaching our younger generation to connect outside of our shells and that we do all belong to each other. I am still feeling it today, Sisters.
Do you see? THEY ARE WATCHING. THEY ARE DOING. And so we are not just changing our own hearts and the hearts of strangers the world over- but OUR KIDS’ hearts, too. They are living in a world where Sistering On is just a given. They are believing and living the truth that We Belong To Each Other. What is that going to MEAN for the future of this world??? It’s big, you guys. The little acts of love that your families are doing in your homes are adding up to something HUGE. It’s a Reloveution. It really is. I cannot BELIEVE we get to be a part of this. It’s an Extreme World Makeover.
I LOVE YOU PEOPLE. I LOVE YOU LOVE YOU LOVE YOU.
And I keep thinking…I became an addict when I was just a little older than Gabbie -largely because I felt like I was the only one who felt “different.” What if I’d had a Lena, someone MY AGE, to promise me that I wasn’t alone, and that it would get better? I don’t know, but I have holy goosebumps that will not go away.
G and TWMF
PS. We’re still at it, of course. Your donations are still pouring in for the Holiday Hands General Fund. As always, we are an official non-profit organization with an ALL VOLUNTEER board so that every penny donated can go from your heart straight to another. The board is going through the extra holiday requests we’ve received during the last 24 hours, getting more information about them, and then your funds with the needs. We will make this Love Money go as far and wide as humanly possible- and then next week we will tell you where every penny went -you will read the STORIES. BECAUSE WE NEED STORIES. STORIES ARE EVERYTHING. Thank you for writing a really, really great story with us.
PS. Here’s our girl, Gabbie and her GREAT MAMA, KANDRA.
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