This is a guest post from Amber at SIMoneySavers . Amber shares how the kindness she experienced during a difficult period in her life taught her to give back to others in need. Thanks so much, Amber!
By the time I was in 8th grade my parents were divorced, my Mom was in treatment for breast cancer, and she was alone with three daughters to take care of. My Mom recovered after a year, and went to work at a hotel barely making ends meet. Thankfully my Mom was smart with the money we had and trusted in God to do the rest. We didn't have a lot but we were taken care of and loved. Over the next few years there were a few different times that people helped us out. Some food and small gifts at Christmas time and our house was painted once but thing that stuck with me the most happened my Senior year of high school.
Our house burned down to the ground! Thankfully we had insurance and we were able to stay at my Grandparents until we got a new home. The people in our small town started showing up at my Grandparent's house with so much stuff. Clothes, makeup, curling irons and so much more. All the things that 3 teenage girls would need to get ready for school. Our little town showed their love and compassion for us and still to this day I am overwhelmed when I think of it.
I know first hand what it is like to be on the receiving end of help. I know how it feels as a child when someone you don't know does something wonderful for you. It makes you feel special and those little things mean so much more than you can imagine. I know how deeply I can touch someone else's life just by putting forth a little time and effort to give.
We survived those few years and today I am better for it. Because of those years I know why I am needed, I know that I can help, I know that it is very important for me to give and I know that God can use me.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
SUMMER MENUS & GROCERY LIST!
Download your FREE summer menus & grocery list now!
I won't send you any spam, ever. Promise.