One of the privileges we have in partnering with local schools is to help meet needs of families that otherwise may go unmet. Recently we were informed by one of our partners in Vancouver, Anne Johnston, of an opportunity to help a family going through an unspeakable tragedy. Many faith partners stepped up to do what they could to lighten this family's load.
It's one of those situations we all fear...a terminal diagnosis. In this case, the patient was a young mother in Vancouver. Her 10 year old son is a student at King Elementary. His baby brother is just 8 months old. When the devastating news came, she reached out to the staff of the school seeking assistance. That word got back to Anne, who helps network a group of churches and others in the area through a monthly gathering called "Faith-Based Coffee Fellowship." This group and others, working together, overwhelmed the family with support. Unfortunately, the young mother lost her fight with cancer this past Saturday. Here is the letter from the Family Resource Director at the school.
Good Morning All,
I wanted to share with you an update concerning the family, the one where mom was battling cancer: Unfortunately, she lost the fight and passed away Saturday Morning, September 27th, leaving behind her husband, her eight month old baby boy, and her 10 year old son (who just happens to be at school today).
We are so sad for this loss, and our hearts go out to the family.
Mrs. Johnston, you sent out an email for me to partners in the community concerning this family a few weeks ago. Could you PLEASE forward this email to them, letting them know that we, here at King- are SO VERY THANKFUL for all of the love and the support that has poured out to this family, I received Wal-Mart, Ross, Winco and Target gift cards, diapers and wipes, hygiene products, baby clothes, baby food and more. All of which was handed over to the family. We also had a wonderful partner whose organization paid towards the families rent for the month of October.
We've met with the father several times over the last few weeks, and he has continuously been grateful for all of the support coming from this community.
We will continue to serve and support this family in whatever capacity we can. Thank you all.
Family Community Resource Center- King Elementary
Sometimes people ask me why we are working to develop partnerships between local schools and the faith community. I usually just smile and say, "Because when life happens, as it always does, I want to make sure people of faith are there to help!". Thanks for what folks like you are doing to truly make a difference in people's lives.