Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes

I’m no Imelda Marcos.  I don’t have 3000 pairs of shoes.  And, I definitley don’t have a shoe musuem.  But, I do have one fewer pair of shoes this week; thus, momma’s need for a new pair of shoes.

It all started out rather innocently.  I went over to my brother and sister-in-law’s home Sunday night to catch an episode of The Secret Millionaire (ABC, Sundays at 8:00).
It’s a fascinating show where millionaries go incognito into an impoverished community and agree to donate money to the causes they see that are truly making an impact. 

Of course, as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation, the concept of this show intrigues me.  We work with non-profits in Grant County all the time.  We see true servant leaders giving their all to make a difference. 
This is what happened on Sunday night as I watched The Secret Millionaire.  The co-founders of Anytime Fitness went to Oklahoma City where they visited the Oklahoma City Youth Wrestling Foundation and Llimbs for Life.

While at the Wrestling Foundation they learned that the organization not only helps the local children with fitness, but also provides free tutoring.  It’s during a tutoring session in reading that they learn of a young child who now lives with his aunt because his mother just died of a methamphetamine overdose.

During a visit to Limbs for Life they play a game of floor volleyball with club amputees and are amazed to realize that the players don’t consider themselves disabled.  Instead, they feel blessed that the organization can provide them with artificial limbs instead of keeping them wheelchair-bound.

If that’s not enough to put a lump in your throat, wait for their return visits when they reveal that they are, in fact, millionaires, and award each non-profit with a hefty check to keep doing what they are doing.

Now, I’m not saying that I was crying by the end of the show.  I mean, I heard that the pollen count was really high on Sunday.  Yeah, allergies, that’s it.  I had a horrible allergy attack near the end of the show. 

It made the tv all blurry and everything, which is why I probably didn’t notice my brother’s dog stealing my flip flop and eating it like a Scooby snack.
Stupid allergies.

Peace and Blessings,
Dawn
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