Thursday, December 6, 2012

Answer.



I was sitting here at my desk with this huge pile of baby clothes to sort through right beside me when I received an email from a friend that I originally met at CrossFit a few years back. I won't go into detail with her email - even just skimming the top to give you the gist is borderline vulgar - but basically this is what she said {the names used are not actual names}:

Dear Sheridan,
         There is a student I had in my class three years ago. She has a long and very sad story, but the short of it is that her mother sold her over and over to help pay for the rent. Her mother went to jail for a little bit, but the day she came back home, Carlotta came to my classroom that morning crying hysterically -- it's a day I don't know that I'll ever forget. When mom got home, she picked up where she left off, and it wasn't long before Carlotta was pregnant by her mom's doing. Anyway, Carlotta had the baby boy three weeks ago. She has kept him and by all accounts, she seems to be doing well and should be back at school in three or four weeks. 
          I have never adopted one of our angel tree kids at school, but Carlotta is just a different case. She is one of the best students I've had and is just a sweet little girl. Her situation is really heartbreaking, and she doesn't own much of anything, so she certainly is not in a financial position to take care of herself and a baby. 
          Do you have any gently used baby stuff that you are wanting to get rid of? If so, please let me know! Carlotta needs a lot of things, like clothes, bottles, diapers, a car seat, baby blankets - any and every bit helps, so if you have anything, please let me know!! 
          THANK YOU!

By sentence two tears were streaming down my face. Looking at that pile of clothes, delaying their organization so I could check email, then to have this one pop up... I thought, "Thank you, Lord." I instantly emailed her back and said TAKE THEM! Take all the clothes. I have an old infant car seat, a swing, bottles shoved away in drawers and diapers coming out of my ears. Take it all. Thank you Lord for finding a better place for all of these things than shoved in a forgotten box in a dusty closet. 

One of my favorite Scripture verses is Proverbs 21:13: Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves cry out and not be answered.

Don't shut your ears. Answer. 

My friend had also emailed her small group from church, as well as other friends and family members, and there was such an outpouring of help for Carlotta and her son that we moved on to her two younger sisters and began looking at their needs. There are countless needy children at this school. So here is my cry to you all: if anyone has anything else they would like to donate, ANYTHING, tell me and I will figure out a place to meet you and come get it, and make sure it gets into their little hands, on their backs, on their feet, in their hearts.

Suggestions: diapers, wipes, pacifiers, formula, baby food, any toys for babies up to teenagers, clothing {cold weather items especially like coats, hats, gloves}, shoes, shampoo or conditioner, any toiletries - ANYTHING. 

While I was typing this post, another email showed up in my inbox from a woman in my mom's group Bible study saying this:

Hi Moms!
I adopted a family from my school district for Christmas. It's a single mom and daughter. They do not have a couch. By any chance would you know of someone who is getting rid of a gently used couch or who would be willing to donate a couch to this family? Thanks so much!

Let's make this happen! Does anyone have a sofa they can let go of? Been looking for a great reason to get a new one? I want to make sure this family has somewhere to snuggle. Drink hot chocolate. Look at their Christmas tree and read The Night Before Christmas, arms wrapped around each other. Browsing the Ikea website, there are several for around the $350-$400 mark. If anyone wants to chip in with any amount - even $1 is fantastic - comment below and I'll start figuring out a donation pot. 

I will also throw this out there: if anyone has been wanting one of my Shoppers on my website - click here - that are $1195, and only two of a kind in the entire world, I will sell it to you for 50% off with free shipping and put every single penny towards a sofa for this family, and whatever else they may need. 

We can do this! 

22 comments:

  1. Hi Sheridan, let me know where to send money to. I wish I could send more but money is tight right now. I'll contribute $20.00.

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  2. Rachel! Amazing!! Even $1 is great, let alone $20!! I am trying to figure out a way to do a PayPal link... if all else fails I will just get people to mail me a check (though I know that takes a lot of trust in someone you don't know ;) I'll get back to you - THANK YOU!

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  3. I love reading your blog and have thought about adopting a family here in Providence, RI where I live for the holidays. I would be willing to donate at least $25 towards any and all of the families you mentioned.

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  4. I'll donate money also! Just keep us posted on the particulars once you figure it out. I can do paypal or will be glad to mail you a check. :-)

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  5. Sheridan! Love the Ikea idea for the sofa! I will contribute $200.00. Does anyone have a truck that could pick it up for this family? Maybe they could pick it out...might be a fun experience for them and a great chance to love this family.

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    1. Sally... crying... You are amazing. I dont have the words to express how I feel. This goes for everyone who has commented and offered! God Bless you all!
      Megan Moffitt

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  6. Just let me know! I'll mail it wherever and trust you will handle it all.

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  7. I love this post. It reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Everyone this is incredible!!! Sally - CRYING! That is a GREAT idea. We have a truck and will happily pick it up! I am going to wait until more responses come in and then decide the best way to get the donations together. Will keep everyone posted. God bless YOU! xoxoxo!!!!!

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  9. This has warmed my heart. Truly. Can I ship some items to you?? I live in north DFW so that might be easier. Also, any chance the Shopper in Olive Peacock will be back in stock or it gone?

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  10. Hi Rachel! You can ship anything your heart desires!! I hate for you to have to pay to do that - we could figure out a central meeting point if that is better?? Let me know! Also as far as that Olive Peacock (amazing) it is gone forever :( So sorry. If you like the peacock clutch let me know and I could figure out something with that! Xx

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    1. Darn! It's been on my top 3 wishlist ever since I laid eyes on that beaut!! I will email you through your site and see what the best way is to get you some items.

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  11. I have tons of boy clothes I could donate - I have three boys! To where should they be shipped? Thanks for doing this, Sheridan!

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  12. I can donate as well. Keep us posted! I can just feel the love radiate from your post. Xoxo

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  13. I just sent you an email through your contact me on your webcite. I have a bunch of stuff I can send you.

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  14. Hi Sheridan let me know where to send money to. I would love to donate $20.

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  15. Sheridan, did you figure out how to set up PayPal so that we can transfer money? I know that I have done it before (donate not set it up) and I would love to be able to contribute to this cause. If you need help figuring out how to set the PayPal up for money transfers please let me know and I can ask my friend.

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  16. I have tons of clothes, preteen stuff, coats, etc. I can meet you, I live in FW. Love this! My heart is that we could get her out of this situation- i.e away from her mother. Not sure how old she is! My heart breaks for this young girl. Let me know!

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  17. What a joy to wake up this morning and see all of these replies!! I have several meetings today but to all of you as well as those that emailed me, I will post an update this afternoon! You are all amazing, and God is amazing!!!! a million hugs xx

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  18. I have some clothes and things that could be donated to the sisters. Do you know their sizes? I dont live in TX, but I could mail a box to you!

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  19. I'd love to help out and donate money. Let me know the best way to get it to you.

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  20. Sheridan– I was going back in your blog history since I haven't visited in a while. Do you have an update on Carlotta? I have a ton of boy clothes that I would love to ship, if she is still in need. Also, my husband started a sock business stance.com and I would love to send Carlotta some bright socks to put a smile on her face. Is this an inconvenience since it happened so long ago?

    Thanks!
    XO
    Ally

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