Thanks to Shine.FM listener Valentina for sharing her family’s good news story! She wrote:
Shortly after Hurricane Sandy I heard about a group from the Chicago area that was going to travel out east and donate items to the victims. I read the information and thought my family could help. I started to gather items around our house that we had doubles of. Then I went through my children’s clothes and chose some pieces to donate.
I have 3 children ages 20, 8 and 5. The morning before I was going to take the items to be donated, I explained to my two younger children what I was doing. I asked them to donate some of their toys. I explained what happened and how there were children that, as a result of the hurricane, didn’t have toys. I had the car all packed and my 5 year old came to me with one last toy – her favorite stuffed chick named “Chicky.”
I thought maybe since she was only 5, she didn’t understand what I was doing and I said, “Oh Miriam, that’s Chicky! She’s your favorite!”
She said, “I know mom, I want another little girl to have Chicky that doesn’t have toys.”
I was amazed that at such a young age she had enough compassion for another child that she wanted her to have her favorite toy.
As I got the items ready, I decided to include a picture of Miriam and I put Chicky in a gift bag. I was told that Chicky would travel in front of the U-Haul, and that the driver would be sure that she was given to a little girl.