Fulfilling Friday

What a beautiful day it has been. Not just the weather, but the warmth in my heart tells me what a great day it’s been. A friend from the Auxiliary and I went to a homeless shelter and delivered our donations today. Ron Hernandez, Moving Veterans Forward, led the way to our destination. We had a van full of donations collected by the coat/clothing/food drive we helped with and some purchased goods.

The look on the gentlemen’s faces at the shelter was one my heart will not soon forget. The excitement of 400 pairs of socks was funny yet heartbreaking. As a medic, my dad talked a lot about guys getting trench foot in the jungles of Korea. Or in streams of Europe. Bottom line is, even a girl like me realizes the feet must remain dry to remain healthy. So many homeless people have no one even think of them. No one who ever thinks of their situations. There is a plethora of reasons people are out there, on the streets, and we cannot judge how they ended up where they are. Whenever they decide they need to change their ways and get help to exorcize their demons, they can. It’s available. No different from anyone else who has trauma issues, which is a primary cause of veteran’s issues. It may relate to childhood, not PTSD from combat. It’s up to the counselors to help them sort it out. There, But By the Grace of God, Go I. Or my husband. Or my dad. Or my uncles. Or my brother.

Bottom right: Ron Hernandez, Kathy Raabe, Mary Dalton-Quilliam at New Visions Omaha. Should Ron’s organization receive any cash donations during the month of December, the foundation will match the contribution, dollar for dollar. A thought for anyone in the Omaha, Nebraska, area, and I can assure you, it goes directly to the Veterans in need. I’ve seen it for myself. It’s a beautiful thing.

I love to see people have hope. I love to see people have dreams. I love to see people in a position to make others’ dreams come true. Life is full of possibilities, and sometimes, those possibilities become realities. Period. It happens. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? I believe God’s hand is present in these alliances. It has to be in His grand plan. I feel so humbled to be part of it.

Friends, I think we’ll make a break here, and talk again tomorrow morning. I am still overwhelmed at all I saw and felt today. I’m letting that simmer on my soul tonight. Have a beautiful evening, and we’ll see each other again tomorrow. Thank you, sincerely.