An unknown woman delivered an enveloped, addressed to me, to me my daughter at the front door. I had never heard of your organization. I don't know anyone who is involved with a "12 Ordinary Women" group, although, I have many friends who could possibly be involved because there are wonderful God-loving women all around me. I was stunned and puzzled by the gift. Yes, I have my own "Gethsemane's" that have been difficult this year, but it has been a year full of family and love. Why was I chosen? I read the thank-yous on the website, the purpose of the group, and felt so humbled that 12 women are praying for me and entrusted this sacred money to me. The week after the envelope was delivered, my husband got quite ill. In the dark of the night, when waiting for the ambulance to arrive, I thought of the note that was included in the envelope. "...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." With these words, and the comfort of my prayers to my Heavenly Father, I was strengthened. I know my Heavenly Father knows who I am and can bless my life. But the hope that women I do not know, know who I am, and are praying for me, that they see me and value me as well, has touched me deeply. This is not about the money. The money is a generous gift, which I was able to bless a friend's life when she learned of her mother's sudden passing and needed to travel far for her funeral. For me, knowing that women of faith, women of hope, are utilizing their own strength and resources for good, has urged me to be a more generous person: in my prayers, in my compassion, in my faith, in my hope, and in my resources. Thank you for this most needed experience. Nanette
I have never received such a thoughtful and beautiful present! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me smile today! It's been a tough few months and losing my sister unexpectedly was the biggest pain I have ever felt in my heart and in my soul. Bless you all for doing this. Thank you so much.
A few moments ago, I received a call from my son (Quintin) who was totally flabbergasted. He stated that two women just showed up at his door and blessed him with cash. He was so stunned that he hardly knew what to do. He thanked them, hugged them, and later regretted not inviting them in. The backstory is that Quintin's beautiful wife, Anna, passed away July 3rd of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Her greatest dream was to be married, and they had six short, beautiful weeks of matrimony. We've all been trying to reconcile our days without our sweet Anna while being very aware there's a mound of medical bills coming. (Hospital stays, days in ICU, and 2 By-pass procedures.) It's a lot for a young man of 24 to cope with. How can our families thank you for such a generous gift? You have shown the true spirit of community. You heard of a need and took action to help meet it. We are humbled and deeply grateful. You've helped carry a burden our families can't carry alone at this time, and you've made a difference. Thank you!Chris
I am way past due in Thanking you precious group of Women for your amazing ministry. I received my necklace of hope this past Spring. Made even more special with my son's birthstone represented. Truly a blessing and one that I was very humbled to accept. It is one of my favorite necklaces to wear. I apologize for taking so long to respond with a thank you to your website. Your gift will be a cherished possession the rest of my life. ~Cari
My name is Kelly & I received an unexpected gift in the mail yesterday. I cannot express how thankful I am for your amazing group. The heartfelt card brought tears to my eyes. The gift card is greatly appreciated and will help my family out tremendously. Thank you again. I came to your website to learn more about this great group. I spent the better part of the evening reading 12 Ordinary Women's blog. You ladies do amazing things for women & families in their time of need.
I can honestly say the last few months have been hard for myself & familly. What we thought was gullstones turned out to be small cell lung cancer in the extensive stage, from there his health decreased very quickly & my dad passed away exactly two weeks after being admitted to the hospital. Since I am my dad's oldest living daughter I felt that I had to step up and be strong for everyone, that I couldn't show how truly broken my heart was. Grief is a tricky thing, it hits you at the strangest times. Reading the kind, encouraging words that you wrote made me realize it's okay to cry & show emotion and to hold onto the memories and times we had together.
I feel like a thank you is not enough for what your group has given to me. I would like to learn more about how I could help 12 Ordinary Women continue to do these amazing things for families in need.
Thank You for showing me there are people who care,
On behalf of The Arc of Evansville, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your generous donation of $100 and four spools of paper that can be used for art activities. Your thoughtful letter brought tears to my eyes as I read it. We have wonderful and dedicated staff that work hard each and every day, and it is great that groups like yours recognize this. I want our staff members to know how much their work is appreciated by our community. Because of this, I felt compelled to share your letter with our entire team at The Arc of Evansville so they could be reminded how important and appreciated their efforts are by community members like you. Thank you for your support of The Arc of Evansville and the children and adults that we serve. With the support of donors like you, The Arc of Evansville can empower individuals with disabilities to build relationships, gain independence and achieve their full potential.
I don't know who you are, or how you heard about my story, but thank you for blessing me... it came on time and at the right time. How can I be apart of this amazing group of ordinary women? Jeany
We wanted to send you this e-mail to say again thank you for the grant that you blessed our family with. We are very grateful and very appreciative of what you have done for us. Not only did we need this for transportation, but a blessing knowing that after we get on our feet and leave here we will have a secure way of knowing we can get Faith back and forth to her appointments.
Thank you all so very much,
Christina, Darrick, A'mari, Faith, Mercedez, Alexis
Our son Zacchaeus is 5 months old and is in his 3rd hospital as we wait for his lungs to grow and mature. Recently, I received an amazing set of gift cards from you. I wish I knew exactly who to thank, but know I probably never will. The gift cards were a tremendous blessing! The gift cards hit many areas of needs in our life: Starbucks - living off caffeine, dinner - the importance of investing in our marriage despite this journey, & ice cream - a good way to spend time with our other kids. Thank you so much for blessing our family. Your generosity, as well as the generosity of many others, has taught us how important it is to give to others in need. It means so much to us.
My wife passed away a few monthes ago and it has been very difficult. Just before Mothers Day we received a gift card from a local restaurant and a card from 12 ordinary women. I just want to say...... Thank you! It was a very kind gesture. My son and I appreciate it very much. Ken