Little did we know that by posting a kids bed to give away on CraigsList, we would happen upon a beautiful way to start 2016.
It went like this for those of you who don’t know the story….the bed had already been spoken for and so I replied to the text that the free bed was no longer available.
Anyone who knows our family, knows that we have had to rely on help to get through our son Winston’s medical adventures. So what better thing to do when you come across someone who needs help? Don’t sit idly by!
You reach out to your Facebook Friends! What happened was AMAZiNG! People from all over the United States and within Kansas City, stepped forward to help.
It wasn’t until the mom in need of help started texting photos, that we really began to know how much help was really needed.
Now keep in mind, I kept safety in mind, asked tons of questions to make sure the story was legit and had multiple people in tow for the first meeting. Safety first.
Her story was true and she had a full time job as a manager at a fast food place. On the day of the fast make-over through destiny we had a volunteer who worked within the social work field who was there to talk to the mom about available resources and help. It couldn’t have been more perfect. So the end goal is more than just a band aid.
The mom was brave enough to ask for help for the basics. She and the two children had been living in the apartment since before Thanksgiving. They needed underwear, food, the bare necessities. I thought we were going to come in and do the typical kind of make-over. These were photos of items I had prepared to purchase for this make-over. The chic, fun accessories that made a house feel like a home and fit my aesthetic criteria as a designer.
Which having a lovely home is important to me no matter how much money you have in life. Everyone single person in the world deserves it.
However, it became very clear that any spare money was needed to provide what was truly needed. This became a moment to realize that when you are in need, the perfect silhouette of a lamp is not as important as a meal for your child. Which is why this make-over is TRULY BEAUTIFUL!!!
Please note, I am not in any way fishing for compliments with this whole experience, instead I want to lead by example and inspire people to say “In 2016, I will do something great for someone else because I can. One person and one act can make a difference.” Of course it helps that I have the BEST social media friends around.
It’s another reason why I love social media and Kansas City. Imagine, it was January 2……everyone was still recovering from the holidays. And look what happened.
PLEASE NOTE: Everyone you see pictured came together WiTHiN 72 HOURS of the initial ask. We used EVERY single item donated. WE HAD 6 HOURS in the apartment to get it all in before the mom had to go to work.
People drove all around KC to pick up furniture, people upholstered furniture, people gave and installed vinyl decals, people painted furniture, people made art, and people helped clean.
Everyone was a designer, everyone was hands on, and everyone rolled up their sleeves. Every single thing donated was used. There is still more to do, and being done. The gift cards that are coming in, will be used to buy food and stock them with basic necessities. And as my Disney movie would voice over…..”this is what life is all about.” And I’ll add the “Holllahhhh!”
BEFORES + AFTERS (still in progress)
Master Bedroom (still in progress)
The dining room became an actual dining room! Thank you Chrystal for painting the beautiful robin’s egg blue table on the fly and donating the set! And the Morrow family for recovering the seat cushions on the fly!
This was the kids’ room they shared.
Their closet became full of clothes that were donated!
Everyone asks, “How did the mom react?” That’s everyone’s favorite part. The joy, the relief, the tears. However, honestly she was shocked. You could tell she had never received that amount of kindness for no reason. You could tell the mom had lived a rough life. You could tell she was appreciative without the tears. You could tell she loved her kids. You could tell she had made mistakes in her life and she was desperately trying to get it back on track. You could tell she needed this. And the joy in the kids could power a city. You all did a great thing!
There are so many people to thank. Some wish to remain anonymous and absolutely no one wanted credit for their business that donated to the cause but I want to give everyone credit even if they don’t want it!
I hope I don’t leave anyone out!!!! Everyone single person was an important part of this warm fuzzy! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!
Shawnee Downtown Business Association, “WallDressedUp” on Etsy, Carol Klassen Reynolds, Lindsay Dyer, Annette Dyer, Chrystal Andersen, Tamara Hudson + friends, Arlisa Grayson, Brandi Thomas, Wohlenhaus family, Jill Grace + family, Kate Nelson + kids, Jill Cline Evans, Katie Walker, Murray Family, Glenda Peterson, Heather Morrow + family, Darcy Monroe + Hubs, Bill Schneider + family, Gaddy Family, Stephanie Forbes, Caty Hulett, Heather Robbins, Kelley Mork, Gilbert Family, Tara Adler, Joscelyn + Minette Himes, Chelle Swanson-Wilson, Paul Wilson, Kris Gabrielson + hubby, Betty Sue Welch, Lindsay + Ben Bittfield, Dirks family, Jen Fescoe, Courtney Kounkel, Crim family, Jenna Baker, Donna Foy-Eckstein, and all of the people who were willing to help or donate items!!!!!!!!!! And there will be more to add b/c more people are still helping! Sorry if I left anyone off the list!
People are still doing stuff to help. It’s been the love, the willingness to help at a moments notice that show us what a lovely way to start 2016. It’s about knowing that the world is bigger than getting the wrong order at a fast food place, or having one bad day….some people have lots of bad days. And yes, I really am this cheesy….I grew up on Disney + Musicals and I really do believe one person, one act can make a difference. Here’s to a fabulous 2016 for all of you!