Archive for ‘May 27, 2016’
I love the fact that I am not alone
I was born in Texas to chemically-dependent parents and had four siblings. My father abandoned us when I was four, so I was left with my angry mother and a parade of stepfathers. My mom was physically and emotionally abusive and over a two-year period, child protective services came to my house three different times. The last time they came, they only sent mom to anger-management classes. During this time I was also being sexually-abused by an older babysitter and when I told my mother, she called me a liar.
As a community, we are going to roll up our sleeves again this year, and together, for nine days, we are going to give another big push on the transformation flywheel in our community.
But before we do this, we have to stop and celebrate where we have come. This is the 10th year of this movement we call Rockford Sharefest. When we stood on the steps of the East High Library in 2007 and talked about bringing help + hope to three schools in the form of a building makeovers, none of us could have pictured what the next 9 years would bring.
Every weekend, we collect loose change in buckets around the mall and 100% of the donations we receive go right back out to the community. Last weekend we collected $687.00! The money was gifted to Milestone to use for scholarships for disabled adults to attend their summer camp in Winnebago.
Every weekend, we collect loose change in buckets around the mall, and 100% of the $790.00 we received last weekend goes right back out to the community.
This week, the money was gifted to the Flanders family. Aidan, their son with special needs, had to be taken to UW Madison for emergency brain surgery. This gift will support basic needs for the family while they are in Madison.
Please pray for Aidan and the Flanders family through this surprising and difficult process.
Every weekend, we collect loose change in buckets around the mall, and 100% of the funds we take in every weekend go right back out to local and international ministries. The last few weekends, we’ve combined the donations we received and sent over $2,700 to Kids Around the World to help provide relief to victims of the tragic earthquake in Ecuador.