Let Your Light Shine Before Others (Hearts 4 Hannah Year 6)
On February 15, our Hannah Grace would have been 10 years old. Ten.years.old. It’s just unimaginable really. Our lives could be so different- two school-aged kids, more after school activities and homework, fitting in with a different peer group because of the season of life we would be in, not having a little one in diapers…the list goes on and on. I know many of you have things that have happened that have turned the course of your lives in totally different directions. These twists and turns can seem so incredibly painful and unwanted; even after God displays his redemptive power, it can be hard to not wish things had gone a different way. And I think that’s ok…we have the term “bittersweet” for a reason.
Sometimes we have to force ourselves to taste the sweet instead of letting the bitter run rampant.
A little piece of sweetness in our lives is our annual Hearts 4 Hannah project. This began in February 2010 after Hannah Grace died the previous December (click here for the short version of the story). You have blessed people with random acts of kindness, supplied books for children in Harlem and Africa, sent needed supplies to EOA Children’s House, and raised money and donations for AR Children’s Hospital (ACH).
We have done something different each year, but we feel that we should put our efforts towards ACH again for the 2nd year in a row. You never really understand what a blessing that hospital is until you have to be there. You also never imagine the need. Many families who end up there are struggling in some way even before; having a sick child just exacerbates problems already present. The doctors and nurses truly care about the kiddos and their families. One nurse bought new jammies for Hannah to wear the last night before the ventilator was removed; another made CDs for me filled with songs she noticed I listened to during our numerous days in the pediatric intensive care unit. True caring.
So, there are several ways you can help us honor Hannah Grace’s memory and celebrate her birthday during the month of February. You can:
- Donate money to ACH directly through their website or donate to Jeff Clark’s fundraising effort (“Treasures for the Children”- we knew Jeff back when we lived in NLR; his son had to go to ACH for a short visit and he was inspired to do an annual fundraiser by what he saw there and Hannah’s story- here’s the link: http://www.gofundme.com/hnqr34 ) One great think about donating to Jeff’s cause is that it will be easy for us to track the progress towards his goal of $10,000!
- Donate needed items to ACH (we will collect those through Feb. 27th and get them to LR- you can get things to us at Harp Elementary, Tyson Elementary, Hunt Elementary, we will come pick up, etc.) Here’s a link to a page with items they need. There are many things to choose from- and there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Every small thing helps! We’ve found with Caleb that taking your child shopping to pick out a little something for another child in need is a great way to demonstrate being the hands and feet of Jesus.
- Donate blood at the annual Hearts 4 Hannah blood drive. This year, it will be on Tuesday, February 17th from 2-7 at the Lowell Senior Citizens Center by 1st Tee. Hannah received 12.45 units of blood during her hospital stay- that’s more blood than what is in the average adult’s body. She also received plasma numerous times. This is a HUGE need and it always does my heart good to see people roll out.
- Purchase a H4H tee-shirt. They will be $10 each ($11 for size XXL or XXXL), and the proceeds will go to ACH. If you will need your shirt shipped, please add $4 to cover shipping. The shirt will be a darker gray, and they are the softer tees. They run a little bit on the smaller side. Please e-mail me at email@example.com to order and I will give you payment directions when I reply. I will need the orders and payment by Feb. 6th.
Thanks in advance to those of you who help us bring beauty from ashes. If you have any questions or need further information, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will happily get back to you.
Happy birthday, sweet Hannah Grace.