Dear Jen Lemen,
I just had to drop you a note today. An email came to me from a friend of a friend, asking for help for a Rwandan mother of two who lives very near to us, but has very little. She works 6 days a week to pay rent; she has no money for child care. She has food stamps for food; she has no money for “luxuries” like soap and toothpaste. Her children each have one pair of socks, which she washes every night for them in the sink.
My heart began to break. And then I realized that I learned something from you, and I could do something about it. I took my boys to the store and bought the family some of what they needed. Toothpaste. New toothbrushes. Toilet paper. And then some of what would help them dream. Cutesy socks for the girl. Matchbox cars for the boy. Teensy flower bulbs and a vase for the mom, to give her hope for the spring.
It’s so little — so very little — but whatever I can give I will, and I wanted to thank you (and Odette) for raising my awareness of the situation in Rwanda.