One Crib, and Two Foster Children’s Lives are Changed…
I have always … truly believe[ed] that if a small gesture of kindness or opportunity is given to someone, it has the potential to multiply into great things. I hope that this crib is just the start of good things to come — for both the children their new foster mother.”
— Kathy McComb
Ed. note: This story happened in March 2014 – right in the midst of our preparations for In Seventh Heaven. We apologize to our wonderful donor and volunteer Kathy McComb for taking so long to acknowledge her generous gift!
In March of this year we received an urgent request from Shana Williams-Gordon of
GEE Edmonson Academy, a K-8 public school academy in Detroit:
A volunteer in her program needed a crib, and she needed it now.
Why? Because she was in the process of becoming a foster mother to her two cousins; a five year old girl and her baby sister. The abuse in these children’s original home was so horrific that the five year old may never walk normally again.
Allowing their cousin to become the foster mother to both sisters would seem like a no-brainer, right? However, there was a catch: Shana’s volunteer was already a mother of four, and she couldn’t afford to buy a crib – a crib that DHS required her to have in order to foster her baby cousin.
Unless someone donated a crib that week, the baby would be placed with a stranger – and the older girl, who had already suffered so much, would be separated from her sister.
We posted the request on our Facebook page in the hopes that a kind parent out there would be able to donate a nearly-new crib; maybe an extra one they’d received at their baby shower.
Instead, Kathy McComb of Dearborn emailed us the very same day and said she was planning to the store after work that evening to buy a brand new crib, and could we tell her whether the baby in need was a boy or a girl?
We were floored! And we had to ask Kathy why she stepped in to help so generously.
“I saw your post on Facebook,” she says, “and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I’m a single mother and raised my daughter (who is 17 now) by myself.”
“When she was a baby, times were very tough and money was extremely tight, and I never imagined that I would ever be able to make it. Fortunately, I was given a job opportunity that really turned my life and the life of my child around. I have always been grateful for the chance that I was given, and truly believe that if a small gesture of kindness or opportunity is given to someone, it has the potential to multiply into great things. I hope that this crib is just the start of good things to come — for both the children their new foster mother.”
Sometimes we’re asked whether or not For The Seventh Generation makes any real difference in the lives of foster children, families, and teens. The truth is, though, that we’re just the conduit – in this case, Kathy McComb’s gift kept an abused five year old foster child and her sister together, and allowed them to make a fresh start with a loving family member.
And really, that’s all it takes: one gift or gift of service, one foster child (and sometimes more), and miracles happen. Miracles that will impact the foster child, that child’s eventual children, and onward … through the seventh generation.