A week ago today felt very normal. It was Thursday, which means that at some point I was going to get to witness some Tom Haverford shenanigans, but other than that, there was nothing really out of the ordinary about the day.
Around noon, we found out from our international coordinator, Chris, that there was an urgent need for baby formula. On that Monday, Nov. 7th, Bringing Hope to the Family was called by the hospital about a three-day old baby whose mom had died during birth and who had no other relatives. Baby Ana was in desperate need of formula and a home.
We quickly posted the need for formula on Know.Think.Act. Each can of formula cost $30 and would feed Ana for a week. She would need 20 cans of formula to feed her for the next five months. The people of Know.Think.Act. responded quickly and generously, meeting the total need for $600 of formula in around 4 hours.
1 life saved.
I can’t get over this. First of all, let me say thank you for everyone who shared, tweeted, prayed, and gave. Thank you.
There are several things about this story that keep coming back to me again and again:
I love our leaders. I love that our local affiliate, Bringing Hope to the Family, is a place where the community knows it can get help. I love that our local leaders have worked hard, been faithful, and are known for meeting the most dire needs in the community. I love that they are being such a light in an place that needs hope. I am so grateful for our team that works hard and has earned such a high level of trust within the community. This is exactly why we work so hard to train, equip, and resource local leaders within their own communities.
I love the 100% model. Every single penny of the $600 donated went directly to formula for Ana. That means everyone who generously donated money for a can, 2 cans, or 10 cans of formula knows that his or her money went for formula that is going to feed and provide the necessary nutrition for Baby Ana.
I love our community. Know.Think.Act. looks like a website, but it is so much more than that. It is a community of like-minded individuals who come together to change the world in real time. It’s made up of individuals and groups who want to be able to meet tangible needs. It’s people from all over and from all different backgrounds who are not going to sit idly by, but who understand that compassion = action. They do not hesitate to act – and act quickly.
I love Baby Ana. Her story has changed us forever since she is now a part of our lives through Bringing Hope to the Family. Things are not going to be easy, but I love that we can walk beside our partners as they love, support, and care for Baby Ana.
Thank you so much. This is just one story of many. Know.Think.Act. has plenty of needs that must be met and there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. While today may feel like just another Thursday, it’s also a chance to change the lives of people around the globe. We can’t wait to change lives alongside you…