Friends, have you noticed that our Hailey is EVERYWHERE??? NBC KING 5 News, the Huffington Post, Yahoo News & ABC Good Morning America, A Mighty Girl—Our girl is on fire! For those of you who missed it, Hailey’s mom wrote in and told us Hailey’s incredible story—how her 9-year-old daughter has been serving the homeless community around her for the last four years, first growing fruits and vegetables to share, then gathering and distributing requested items, and, now—building sturdy shelters where her friends can live. We shared Hailey’s story with you during Together Rising’s last Love Flash Mob and you rallied to support her, raising $3000 for her to build 10 more shelters. Together Rising then contacted Hailey’s local Lowes in Silverdale, WA and the manager agreed to give her 50% off of all of her supplies (thank you, Justin!!)—so our gift of 10 shelters is now 20 shelters! On the night of the Love Flash Mob, we got this message from Miranda, Hailey’s incredible mama: Dear Wonderful People of Together Rising, Thank you for today. It was exactly what our family needed. On Tuesday we learned that Hailey’s little sister Josie would have to go to New York for some difficult medical tests and appointments. It was hard […]
Last year, Antonella wrote to Together Rising about her 8-month old nephew, Lorenzo, who has a rare chronic lung condition called NEHI. Antonella’s sister, Camila, and her husband were struggling under a mountain of medical debt and couldn’t afford the $4,000 portable oxygen machine sweet Lorenzo desperately needed. Lorenzo’s doctors told the family that without this machine- this little guy and his family would be home bound until he was five. After our vetting we said to Antonella: “Sister – if our community buys your family this $4,000 machine, will little Lorenzo be able to go outside to play? And will his mama be able to carry him around for the first time? And will not just Lorenzo, but every single member of your family be able breathe much, much easier?” Yes, Antonella said. Yes, yes, yes. Yes is the best. So of course we bought the machine. YOU bought the machine. And you sent it. And this is what Antonella sent back. “THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping Lorenzo. My sister can carry him and the machine outside by herself without having to have someone push the big tank that they used before. She can go to […]
Originally published on Momastery A couple of weeks ago, at a church in Lakewood, Ohio, a woman stood up during the Q&A time and asked me to talk about our non-profit Together Rising. I smiled and told her that Together Rising is my baby. I told her that besides my family, faith, and sobriety—Together Rising is the greatest gift of my life. I told her that the stories of the warrior families we serve everyday crack my heart open again and again, making my capacity to love bigger and bigger. I told her that the women that make up our Board and our volunteers are my heroes. I told her that I suspect that every word I write is really about Together Rising. The woman remained standing and then she said, “I suspected you felt that way. If all that is true—why don’t you talk about Together Rising more often? We know there’s so much going on behind the scenes, and we want to hear about it. It matters to us. We want to be IN IT with you.” And the Lakewood audience will tell you that I just stared at her for a long, awkward moment. Wow, I thought. Why DON’T I write about […]
Here is the thing about kindness- it is CONTAGIOUS. As much as we at Together Rising love to help women in need, it absolutely fills us with joy when we hear stories like this one, sent by our Alison. Our relationship with privacy has become a strange one. We all “share” things on social media, and are seemingly connected to so many people- but really we’re more alone than ever. We’re closed up in our houses, we’re hiding behind screens. We stay behind our fences and our walls. Most times, when someone asks you how you are, it feels like a rhetorical question. We are desperate for real connection, but seem to have lost the knack for it. So we love hearing that the Together Rising community is giving people the courage to reach out to each other in tangible ways. It started with an innocuous enough question. “What are your girls getting for Christmas?” Alison was having a casual conversation with her co-worker, Kristin. It could have been a surface encounter. Alison could have put out that vibe that says, “Don’t REALLY tell me.” And Kristin could have kept her walls up and given the shiny, happy answer. That’s […]
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