Doing good never gets old! We are constantly re-energized and re-inspired by ALL of the people we have been lucky enough to meet through Share Our Spare…donors, recipients, and board members alike!
We met Sharanda W (21) and her 9 month old daughter Paradise, through our partnership with the YWCA’s Young Parents Program. Sharanda describes parenthood as a “blessed gift.” In 2010, Sharanda went into early labor at 28 weeks. The baby was quite sick and died soon after being born. Sharanda was devastated but feels that having experienced that kind of loss makes her a better, grateful mom to Paradise, who is very healthy and happy (and always smiling!). Sharanda, who has been pursuing a nursing degree at Truman College for the last two years, took a break from college when Paradise was born, but does plan to return soon.
We shared Sharanda’s story with donor Christin Unruh, who recently held a drive to support Sharanda and Paradise. In addition to donating some gently used baby and children’s items, Christin, along with her generous family and friends collected nearly $600 in gift cards for Sharanda so she would be able to purchase brand new items for her daughter. As a result of the gift cards, one of our very own (amazing, selfless…we could go on!) board members, Molly, took Sharanda shopping to purchase new items for Paradise. Read below for what Molly had to say:
“I am so LUCKY to have had the opportunity to take Sharanda shopping with all of the gift cards contributed by generous donor Christin Unruh! I picked Sharanda up from New Moms on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Sharanda is not only a participant in the YWCA’s Young Parents Program but also New Moms which is a full time program intended to help women with young children, like Sharanda, with life and parenting skills and career development. Sharanda and I spent a couple hours talking about our children and her plans for the future (becoming a pediatrician!) and of course, shopping! I was so impressed with the items she chose to purchase with her gift cards. For example, she wants to start preparing and freezing food for nine month old Paradise so we purchased a food processor. She wanted to create a safe place in her house for Paradise to play so we bought child-safe floor tiles. We got tons of other useful items and of course couldn’t help ourselves and picked out some adorable summer outfits as well. Shopping is always fun but most of all I enjoyed Sharanda’s company. I am so glad that Share Our Spare was able to help her in some small way!”
A huge thank you to ALL involved in this one! We’re hopeful that these donations will help ease some of Sharanda’s day-to-day struggles and will allow her to continue focusing on being a wonderful mother to Paradise and pursuing her dreams.