Molalla - April
What a great night. On Wednesday, 33 families were able to clean their clothes. We did 105 loads, 2100 lbs, of laundry!
Our volunteers...wow! Even when they’re physically hurting, they’ll show up to bring something or give a smile. There were 9 of us, including my two kids and a couple of newer volunteers, and we hit it out of the park! One volunteer provided great entertainment while he was dancing and showing off our sign next to the road. Our volunteers show up to help neighbors and even just find out how their day is. They jump in and do what needs to be done. We have one volunteer, whom I call our dog whisperer, because she’s right there loving on the dog and their human every time I turn around.
A special thanks to Clackamas Fire for giving Covid-19 vaccinations to those who wanted them and for answering questions. I realize it is a polarized topic today, but at the end of the day we get to make the choice and we should get that choice regardless.
Next, our neighbors in our community. Talk about pure hearts! I seriously love these people. To hear the stories and the efforts and the struggles and the victories. This is what doing life together looks like. Two ladies, who were helping each other out, rode to the event together, encouraged one another, and visited with us. A gentleman, who had to leave in the middle of a project to make it to see us in time, helped another to make sure she had what she needed. We talked about a plan and hope with a person whom we’ve gotten to know who just wants to create a better life, but struggles daily to get to a place where he can get his ID and Social Security card in order to get housing and a job. He said, "All I need is a couple of words to give me hope that I can do this." Another neighbor was struggling with anxiety, so we walked and talked to try to bring some of that down. We pick up on each other’s energy so often and we forget that we can help just by being there and listening.
Thank you for your support and kindness. This world needs more of it, especially now.
“You never know a battle someone next to you may be fighting so just be kind.” -Author Unknown
-Sarah, LoveOne Molalla