This is an incredibly difficult month for me. October. This is the month when a fire, started by negligent individuals, caused the death of my then husband, and later my son.
Many years have passed and the pain is not as severe but it lingers. Today, while listening to the Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View, Karen shared that Rae Carruth was released from prison today. Rae Carruth, the football player who conspired to kill his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child. I remembered a little bit about the story and was happy that Karen Hunter shared a link tothis powerful article on forgiveness.
I read it and it shook me to my core. Forgiveness is not easy. I too am one of those people who had to learn to forgive knowing that God forgives over and over and over again. Please read the article in it’s entirety. Perhaps you too will learn that we forgive to release ourselves from a prison that could destroy our very existence.
Peace & Love,
Brightly colored displays announcing “Mother’s Day” are everywhere. Restaurants are promoting mouthwatering edible delights; last year (2014) 31% of adults bought flowers or plants as Mother’s Day gifts. 120 million cards are given and National Jeweler boasts Americans are expected to spend a total of $4.3 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day — talk about cha-ching!
Well, this is my 22nd year as a mother missing her son, and my 11th year as a daughter missing her mother and it’s still difficult for me to physically enter a retail establishment, check email and read any magazine or newspaper with all the advertising focused on Mother’s Day. My way-back machine takes me to experiences long ago, wondering what we would be doing today to prepare for Mother’s Day. I get heart tugs and tears flow freely when I purchase celebratory greeting cards for my aunts, nieces, cousins and girlfriends – most with children living and breathing. Tears are flowing now as I write this. Listening to all the excited chatter and activities associated with Mother’s Day is still a hard and bitter pill to swallow. (more…)
There’s a whole lot of buzz around this new app Scholly. Christopher Gray, a student at Drexel University appeared on Shark Tank making his investor pitch and yes he got it. The end of this episode of Shark Tank was pretty heated; with some individuals walking off the set.
As this app will show there are tons of scholarships available. I personally know about organizations that experience challenges in awarding their scholarships, perhaps this app will help to reduce their dilemma. (more…)
WOW! Can you believe it? 2014 is drawing to a close. It makes sense that at the end of the year many of us are taking some time to reflect on the past 365 days. We may be thinking about our accomplishments, our disappointments, and our steadiness. Reflection and evaluation takes place for businesses (small and large) and organizations too. At Erick’s Place we’re pondering the year. Let’s take a look back at some of our accomplishments, disappointments and steadiness.
Our Accomplishments: For more than 7 years we have continued to make a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs and their families. Through pajama donations and volunteers we have delivered over 4500 pairs of pajamas to a variety of hospitals and pediatric facilities as far north as Brooklyn, NY and as far south as Vineland, NJ. Monetary donations have helped us provide more than $8,000.00 in college scholarships since 2006. We’ve helped purchase furniture for families, provided funds for groceries, partnered with organizations to purchase a hearing aid for a child with hearing deficits and an orthopedic device to help a child walk. (more…)
Since 2006, Erick’s Place has been dedicated to serving chronically ill children and those caring for them through the following six programs:
My PJs – collection and distribution of brand new pajamas to chronically ill children in area hospitals and pediatric facilities
Caregivers Count – grants for caregivers of chronically ill children
Assistive Technology Grants – awarded to hospitals and pediatric facilities (more…)