Hey there! I’m taking a little hiatus this month on the blog, but wanted to share a really important message and giving opportunity as we approach the holidays. Right about now I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with buying gifts, prepping for holiday parties and making sure your families are experiencing a wonderful holiday season together. There are a lot of things we all worry about during this season, but it’s also a time of year to think about ways to help others in our communities. This week I heard the phrase, “if you have the ability to help, you have the responsibility to help,” and this giving campaign I’m going to share with you is the perfect example of that — for the same price as lunch at Panera you can forever change a local woman’s life.
I learned about an incredible local Columbus campaign called Give Her Hope from the YMCA, which is focused on raising $60,000 in 60 days to help more than 200 women experiencing homelessness in Columbus. The YMCA does so much to help these women and families — from providing shelter, food and clothing to resources and support they need. The Give Her Hope Campaign can help these women rebuild their lives and get back on their feet.
One fact that really struck me was that more than 30 expectant mothers are staying at the Van Buren shelter here in Columbus. Personally well into my second trimester with my third child, I know all too well how much support I need from my husband and family, let alone the comforts I take for granted like a warm home and food in my fridge. The story of Sherrie particularly struck me because she is five months along with her fourth child. Her roof collapsed where she was living and it was no longer a safe place to keep her family. She shares how grateful she is to be able to have her family at the Van Buren Center where she knows they are fed and safe.
Here’s Sherrie’s story:
If you’d like to support Sherrie and other local women experiencing homelessness this holiday season, you can donate here!