Have you ever been asked to support something you aren’t personally connected to? It would be fair to say that everyone on planet earth probably has. It is what you choose to do with this that will either do absolutely nothing, or it will go a long way towards putting smiles on a person’s face that you may never even have the opportunity to meet. You may be instrumental in changing a life or at the very least – the trajectory of a persons day or journey. You don’t believe the possible accuracy of this statement?
Let me introduce you to a once living, breathing little person – one who embodied this principle in action.
Meet Janet. You may have noted the not so subtle hint about her being once living and breathing. You see, Janet was like any other happy child. At a mere four years old, and cancer tried to take that joy away. For three years, she fought a rare (literally one of a kind in the entire world) and aggressive brain cancer. One so aggressive, it would claim her life. Her beautiful and happy seven year old life. Not once, did her joy or her smile diminish. You may find that impossible to believe – especially in the face of great pain. Let these next words explain how much truth resides in that statement.
The thing people must realize is that no one can possibly walk a journey (such as cancer, or a myriad of other ailments) by themselves. Janet was no different. You see, Janet did not ever feel or walk through life alone. To explain further – love is the biggest catalyst to keeping the joy, hope and faith alive. Love can be shown in intangible ways, as well as things you can physically see. For the sake of time, and the scope of this discussion, Let’s focus on the tangible. Tangible things that made a journey bearable – and even happy many times. (In actuality, imagine love is what drives the tangible.)
There are more moments than can be counted to share all these sort of things. There are people and organizations whose mission it is to bring smiles, along with practical help. They bring small things like coloring books, play doh, books, movies and a giant assortment of other things. There are the other ways that hope and happiness are found also. Sporting events, concerts, Just dinner out to eat because mom or dad is unable or too exhausted to cook ate just a few more items. Larger than any of those are things come in the form of help paying rent or mortgage to be able to have a place to live, help with utilities, help with unforeseen expenses like a funeral. All because someone gave a small donation, that was added to another donation, enough to build up and share hope in much needed ways.
On other donation that should be mentioned is your time. Donate my time!? Silly concept, huh!? The thing is, these children are often very sick, and unable to even leave their hospital room because they have an immune system that doesn’t enjoy the effects of medicine. To have a person stop by during these critical moments is nothing short of a gift. Your time equates to love. To just show up, shows a child and ask who are taking care of them what the meaning of love in action is.
You might think that sends simple enough, right?! It is, and only is if people – everyday people – band together to make this happen. Your time or your money – both help. Sadly, money doesn’t fall from trees, and no one can force you to spend time with a frail, sick and perhaps dying child. You think a small donation doesn’t make a difference. ANY size donation has the power to change a life. So when you ate tempted to sit back and do nothing – I implore you to reconsider. You are needed, in whatever capacity you are able to share. You will make more of a difference than can be imagined.