“In honor of my wonderful, loving giving Mom who taught me all my life that one person CAN make the difference in the whole world by just helping people in need with what you can. Even if it’s just a slice of bread, she used to say, if you have it and see that someone else does not, give and do it from the heart. I miss you Mom!!!”
I asked for to find out more, and she wrote:
“My mother was truly a wonderful woman. She was always helping other people for as long as I can remember. One instance was coming home from school and we had newer furniture in our living room (from a used furniture store). Coming up the walk to our house one of our neighbors who really didn’t have much was loading our chair into the back of their old beaten up truck. When I asked her how come we got other furniture when the old stuff was still good. She explained to me later that we could afford different furniture but the other family couldn’t. So I then asked why we didn’t just give them the money or go with them to the used furniture store and buy them what they needed. She smiled and said because when we give we should always be thoughtful to the receivers’ feelings being sure they do not feel as if its a hand out or some type of charity. This way the reason that we ‘needed new furniture’ and didn’t have room for the old furniture was the reason we were giving it to them ‘if they had room and could use it.’ I’ve carried that lesson and many more in my heart my entire life and passed it down to my daughter and when the time comes teach my grandchildren the same.
“Mom and Dad were fabulous hard working people, Dad as a tool and die maker and Mom was a homemaker who also volunteered as our school nurse or Home Room/Class Mom (not sure if they have those any more). Mom passed away in August from Congestive heart disease (so the death certificate says), I think it was from a broken heart because at that point my Dad had been deceased for only 18 months and she was still morning the loss. They had been married for 55 years.
“Since August, I’ve been wondering what to do with her wheel chair and Medline lift. If you can use this equipment that would be great.”
Happy holidays from Devices 4 the Disabled!