Sometimes we get more than expected. Here is a string of emails to illustrate:
These are from a wonderful woman that chooses to remain anonymous. You will see the response was more than she even expected too.
11/8/2013 – Woman to MVRC: My husband and I are interested in helping make the holidays a little nicer for a local military family. Mr. Hill at the Army Reserve Center in Cary gave me your organization as a resource to help connect us with a family in need. We’d like to make it personal if possible.
11/13/2013 – MVRC to Family Readiness contacts with Army Reserve: I was wondering if there is a reserve family who might appreciate the offer below. If not, let me know, because there are always Guard families who can benefit from support. Thanks.
11/13/2013 – Reserve FRG to MVRC: Absolutely. I have a family that contacted me just this weekend. I’ll give her a call.
11/13/2013 – MVRC to Reserve FRG: Fantastic. You can take it from here but if you need me for something, let me know.
1/2/2014 – MVRC to Woman: Happy New Year, I was curious to find out if the Army Reserve connection worked out and you were able to help one of their families?
1/2/2014 – Woman to MVRC: Yes, we were. We actually were able to help them quite a bit. About 5 families came together to help them. We were able to catch up $300 in utility bills, got lots of new and used clothing and new shoes for the kids plus quite a few toys for each. Thank you for connecting me with Patti.
1/23/2014 – Woman to MVRC in response to request to share her story: Sure that would be fine with me. Once I realized that their need outweighed our singular ability, I posted a request on our neighborhood blog for additional assistance, and then a neighbor (not sure who), posted it again with their work blog. From that we got a little bit from several people, which ended up being quite a bit. Of the people who donated, I only actually knew 3 of them; the remaining 4 were strangers and at least one anonymous person/people just left stuff on my porch. I’m glad people gave what they could and with a glad heart. I think this community is very generous; most only need to be asked to assist.
It is for situations like this that MVRC keeps doing what it does.