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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Gift of Hope

I've blogged about this a few times already, but wanted to give you an update. This holiday season, Girls Fight Back adopted a family (through an organization called Gift of Hope) whose house and life was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Our family consisted of a single mom and her two teenage sons. We received a list of items each family member was hoping for this Christmas. Unlike most of us who dreamed of Ipods and DVDs, this family's list consisted of BBQ tools, office supplies and basic clothing necessities. Looking at their list really makes you ponder what it must be like to lose EVERYTHING. We went to work finding great people in our network of friends and supporters to buy gifts and send them to our Gift of Hope family. Low and behold, we had a bunch of people wanting to help out. As a result, our family received packages, gift cards and presents from over 10 states across the country. The mom of the family sent an incredibly nice note, saying how thankful she was that her sons had a Christmas. And that, my friends, is what the holidays are all about...

I would like to commend Mari Ann Callais who came up with the concept of Gift of Hope, and Lori Hart Ebert for organizing all the logistics. And of course, a HUGE thanks to all my Girls Fight Back gift donaters. You go girls!

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