By Kay Phillips -
It’s Christmas. And there is no room in the Inn..... not for Becky, not for her two boys, not until today. After being left alone to manage all the finances, her house was lost and they had no where to go. It’s hard times that no one expects or thinks will happen to them, but many experience going over the edge and needing help from fellow humans. It gives the rest of us a chance to outflow some love, give some hope, connect with goodness. Becky has a lovely family, one very sick boy in a wheelchair and one teenager trying to be a kid and get through 10th grade, so someday he can join the Air Force and serve his country.
They ended up all together in one room at the Comfort Inn... day to day, from donations from kindly people. With the help of Steve at the Quincy Illinois Poverty Project and her dear friend Jenn, dots were connected to find the rest of us to lend a helping hand.
Today my daughter Elizabeth Boyer offered her rental house to them for the winter until they can find something in the spring. They need to recoup and heal and catch their breath. Thank you Elizabeth for your generosity and compassion and for deciding you don’t have to sell this house quite yet. We have all been filling in the holes with food, encouragement, searching, and making connections.
I can say that QUINCY does have some holes that we need to work on in the future when it comes to the disabled and those in desperate need. But the people in Quincy always rise to help, and Steve has done a great job of finding the stories and raising awareness so we can do just that. St Johns Anglican Church, with Father Patrick Smith in the lead, has shared Becky’s story with his congregation and hopefully more connections will be made for her as she continues her search for a permanent home.
There was much gratitude and sparkly feelings today, talk of some Christmas lights and Christmas Miracles and angels. We wish for Becky and kids a new year of all things bright and hopeful, of a new beginning for her family.
This Christmas, don’t forget those who are suffering. You don’t have to look far.
An Opportunity To Provide Becky and Sons With Needed Assistance
I think all the Christmas lights open our hearts just a little bit more. If you want to share some love with Becky and her sweet boys she could think of gift cards for gas or Walmart... where there is some of everything including medical supplies, or maybe you have a service that could help her? We need some moving help....Maybe a plate of cookies for some hungry boys?
Or just some kind and hopeful words in a Christmas card?
Any gift is deeply felt and appreciated .
I’m happy to collect your good wishes or gifts for Becky and get them to her, as she
cares for her son and moves to the new location here in Quincy.
This is Kay Phillips, Christmas Helper
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