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An eternal gratitude

Adopt-a-familyA few Christmases ago in Delaware, I took a call from a young mother of a young son and a newborn baby. She was in desperate need of help because she had fled from an abusive boyfriend.

The mom and her children were also about to lose the temporary shelter in which they were staying.

Once I explained this mother’s situation to Majors Janet L. and Timothy A. Duperree, state coordinators, they jumped into action. They helped find this family a room at our women’s and children’s shelter. And through our Adopt–A–Family program, the Majors Duperree helped them to enjoy Christmas, and have their basic needs met.

The family stayed in the shelter for about a month. And I’m happy to say that, last Christmas, I met this miracle mom at our toyshop. She and her children were thriving. She thanked all of us for helping her during such a time of need. On that day, we all shed many happy tears.

by Jenn Loveland

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