Every night when I put Princess Rapunzel to bed, we follow the same routine. She wants me to sing Rainbow Connection to her and then we say our prayers together. Every night, we thank Cheezus for all of our blessings. I don’t think that she really understands what this means, but I definitely do. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to have my two beautiful little fairy princesses. I am so grateful and proud to be their mama. I truly am thankful for this amazing blessing.
Having kids has opened up a new side of me that I’m not used to yet. I am not an emotional person. In fact, most people that know me well would probably agree that I am at least 87% dead inside. But not when it comes to my kids. Or really any kids for that matter. I remember driving to work one morning two years ago and being completely struck by a charity drive that was being advertised on the radio. They were talking about collecting items for Pieces of Home – The Backpack Project. This is an organization that was started by staff members of the Boston Medical Center who wanted to be able to provide every child going through an emergency removal from an unsafe situation and being placed into the first phase of foster care with a backpack containing a few pieces of clothing, pajamas and toys. Something to call their own as they are being taken to a strange place, very often with nothing but the clothes on their back. As I heard this being described on the radio, I suddenly had tears streaming down my face and felt overcome with emotion thinking about these children who were missing the love and the safe home environment that my two girls have. As soon as I stepped into my office, I looked up Pieces of Home online and got my staff together so that we could begin to organize our own drive. We invited other properties in our region to join us and through the amazing generosity of our residents and vendors, we put together an enormous donation. It literally filled up over half of our office space and was far more than I could have imagined. I was so excited to meet with Kathleen from Pieces of Home and turn over our donation to her, but I went into labor with Little Boo just two days before the scheduled pickup. I was definitely bummed that I didn’t get to see it through to the very end, but my team let me know how thrilled Kathleen was when she saw how much we had been able to collect. Last year we organized our official second annual Pieces of Home drive and with no impending babies on the way, I was able to finally meet Kathleen when she came to pick up our even bigger collection of items than the year before. We had such an amazing turnout last year and I remember walking through my office on the tiny path that we had made through the piles of donations, from the front of the office to the back, just looking at all of the toys, clothes, blankets, books, etc. and thinking about how many babies’ and kids’ lives we would be touching and helping out in what is a really terrible and unthinkable time for them.
We are now into the third annual Pieces of Home drive and I am hoping that we can collect even more than we have in the past two years. There are a ton of different ways to give back, but this particular organization has found it’s way into my heart. I can’t wait to see my office full again!
If you are reading this, I’d like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am hopeful that you have as much to be thankful for as I do. And that you are also able to do some giving of your own. If you don’t have a charity or organization that has claimed a corner of your heart, feel free to look into mine! You can visit Pieces of home online by clicking here, or contact me for more information! xoxoxo