I wonder if anyone can commit to giving $10.00 a week til I get her home? Sometimes I feel like I am asking a lot, but at the same time, I know it isn't anything that I wouldn't do for a friend, even for a stranger. I often find myself opening my heart (and my wallet) to things that really tug at the heart strings to say the least. I have volunteered, and done many fundraisers in my lifetime. I can honestly say in my experience that people that have the least, often give the most. I have often wondered why this is, what drives people to keep giving, even when it could be the very last cent that they have. But I know the answer. I have always known the answer... it is because they know that the $5.00, $10.00 or twenty dollars will mean a whole lot more to the person as the recipient, than it will to you as you while you are drinking a latte, going to a movie or ordering a pizza. These are the same people that will leave the $10.00 bill for a tip, instead of asking for $3.00 back when going out to eat. These are the people who drop their change in the American Cancer Society change when checking out, and when someone asks you if you want to donate $1.00 to support the Make a Wish Foundation.. we say "yes".
I like to think that my giving nature has come from a a fairly significant amount of struggles in my time here on earth. I truly believe with out the Non-Profit organization of Leukemia Lymphoma Society, I may not be here today. Without the Red Cross gathering volunteers to donated blood, I certainly would not be here today. The Make a Wish Foundation, it does amazing things for sick children, which, yes.. I have experienced that too! The Special Olympics, this is one of the most amazing organizations in the fact that it gives my son, and soon my daughter the experiences, and the feelings of achievements that they would NEVER be able to experience otherwise. All these things... unless you have never experienced them yourself, or been faced with the adversities. You may never think of them. But I am here to let everyone know, that they make a difference. All these Non-profit organizations, they change lives. I truly believe, they keep us connected to one to one another.
Please know that I am SO VERY appreciative for everything that EVERYONE has done for me in this process. I will never be able to pay anyone back, except with true, and sincere, eternal gratitude for helping give me a child that I have always wanted. As well as a home a young girl has forever needed. Soon she will be home, and you will all be able to see all that you have done. What a home means to Vika.
There are times in your life when you feel deep within your heart that something feels right. It is a feeling deep within you that feeds your heart with happiness. It is a feeling that you believe in, no matter how difficult, no matter how demanding something may be, you know that it is right. You know you have to follow your heart.