2016 Year in Review (Continued)

In November, I wrote you about one of the many impossible choices our neighbors face all the time. April Potter, a mother of six, had just been laid off from her job. She couldn't afford both the light bill and groceries, so she bought what food she could and prayed her power would not be cut off before her next check came.

But in a cruel twist of fate, as soon as she got the food home and in the fridge, the electricity was cut off. Now all of her food was ruined and she and her children were in the dark. She needed immediate help. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving was just days away. That is the busiest day of the year at Bosco and I was deeply worried about how I could help April and her kids, and still meet the high demand for dinner at Bosco.

Because of you, I was able to do both. We fed over 2,000 people on Thanksgiving and we were able to give April and her family back their power.

In December, I shared with you about Cora Arlington, a mother and wife who came home one day to find her trailer was engulfed in flames. This stable family was immediately on the streets with no possessions and no place to turn.

When you realized they were facing a homeless Christmas, you took immediate action. Your deep generosity helped find Cora and her family a new home. "You saved my life and my family's life," Cora told me just the other day. "I can never thank you enough." As I told Cora, those thanks belong to you.

At the very end of 2016, Rosa Williams endured the greatest tragedy any parent can face. Her young daughter Trina died suddenly from a brain aneurism no one suspected she had. The death devastated the Williams family and everyone in the little rural community where they live. To make matters worse, Rosa had no way to pay Trina's burial expenses.

Thankfully, your compassionate generosity allowed Trina to be buried with dignity and respect.