I'm Melissa and I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years coming this June 14th. We have four beautiful children- three boys and one girl. I work in IT designing and developing web applications. In my free time I like to be outdoors... especially near the water. I love beaches and kayaking down the Weeki Wachee river. I also love playing roller and ice hockey with my sister.
I spent the last eight years of my life spending all of the time that I could taking care of and making amazing memories with my beautiful mother and children. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and I feel like she is the one who ignited this desire to help children. Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to her this past Christmas day. She was my whole life. I still have a gaping wound from her absence.
From there, I went into a very deep depression for several months wondering what my purpose was on this earth. It was the darkest time of my life. I started to feel better at the end of April and let’s just say I had a very intense and overwhelming vision of a hungry child. I knew then that I must get up and JUST DO SOMETHING. And then I thought... There’s no way I’m the only person who wants to help people and who’s struggling with their purpose. What if we can rally the community together to help the children in our community? So, below was the post that started it all! From that single post I got eight requests of people who had children who were in dire need. I also got several helpers out of that same post... so, that’s when I decided to create the group and here we all are five short weeks later helping the children in our own community!
It’s been hard hard work, and the past five weeks are such a blur now, but it’s been so worth it. I’m just amazed at the amount of people that want to help and I strongly believe the efforts of all of the helpers are TRANSFORMING people’s minds and hearts. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Much Love!! ❤️❤️
Here’s a picture of me, my mother, sister and one of my kids!
Hey everybody! I'm Megan, the coordinator of needs :) I am a Minnesota transplant - this September will mark 7 years that we've lived here in FL. All three of my kiddos were born here, and we actually moved down for my husband to go to graduate school almost immediately after our 1 year anniversary/baby shower!
My mother and grandmother raised me and made it second nature to help others so all my life I've loved and been thankful to do volunteer work. As a kid I used to gather up my dance friends and choreograph shows to perform at retirement homes, in college I loved volunteering at our local hospital in the waiting rooms communicating with the staff and families. As a mom, I am always trying to find new ways to help out the community and teach our little ones the value of helping others.
I saw one of Melissa's earlier posts and joined immediately, but seeing the needs I felt helpless because at the time we had no income and were struggling a bit ourselves. When she posted about needing admin to help, I jumped at the chance knowing I could donate my time if nothing else. Since then we've been blessed to help out in other ways too, but its just been remarkable and so moving to see complete strangers offering up their food, time, gas, homes, etc for those in need. You all are amazing individuals and I'm pretty much in awe of the other admins and all that they do ❤
I’m Danielle I was born in NJ but raised in Florida. I got my bachelors in psych with the goal of helping people, I am now an LPN in school for my RN. I have also written a book (3 actually) but one was published by an indie company. I love writing it is one of my passions, but I also love helping people which is why I’m here.
The collective experiences in my own life led me to want to do more, to give without receiving, to not judge, and to just be love. That is why I’m here. I had been searching for things I could do, volunteer work etc but nothing was personal enough until my sister in law created this group.
I hope you’re all as moved by this experience as I have been!
I was born in NJ and moved to Florida almost 30 yrs ago. I have been married to my husband for 36 yrs and have a son and daughter. I am blessed to have 5 grandchildren who are the light of my life. I am a registered nurse and published author. I have always wanted to care for people who are in need and found that in nursing. But like others I wanted to do more and since joining this amazing group my life has more meaning, seeing the faces of the children we are helping fills my heart. We were all brought together for a reason and all have the love and desire to make people's lifes a little better. Thank you everyone who has joined in our journey to help the one's who need our help, if it wasn't for your support and donations our mission would not be possible.
Hi, I am Theresa. Born and raised in the Bronx. Lived in Long Island for 43yrs and now here in Florida. I am married for 49yrs to the love of my life. I have 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters. Unfortunately Mariana passed when she was only 8 mos. old. My Mom passed when I was 13yrs old. She taught me the meaning of caring, compassion and giving of ourselves to others. She had an open door policy always. I have tried to follow in her footsteps and hope she is proud of the woman I have become. My family is everything to me. I believe we are put here on earth for a reason and that we meet certain people in our lives for a reason. This group of women is one of those reasons. When I meet the families we are helping and see their children's little faces and they say thank you, I know this is what I am supposed to be doing.
I was raised in a small town. Thats where I learned to be who I am. We fed the neighbors and they fed us. I haven't changed and I won't. It sounds like you were raised the same way. Don't let anyone take that lesson from you. Pass it on. You will reach the person that wouldnt have eaten unless you were there. You wont be sorry. I too have been giving my entire life because its who I am. Yes, I have fed people that stabbed me in the back. That's a reflection of who they are not me. I still give daily because there are people in need. Do you live in the US? Do you see the division? Do you see the people that struggle daily? People spend their time putting others down daily and I WILL NOT be a part of it. If I lift one person up or stop one person from being hungry or put a smile on someone's face I've done something positive in this very negative world we live in.