Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My sister Mary

My sister Mary has organized and run two non profits--Teens Who Care and Christmas For Everyone--in Contra Costa County California.

Teens Who Care painted homes of elderly, needy, or disabled homeowners who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of upkeep on their homes. Teens from throughout the county volunteered to work during a two week period where they painted a house about every three days including the prep work. It was a whirlwind of activity, lots of laughter, new friendships were formed, and two of my children had the privilege of working on this project. This project lasted for ten years and impacted many families.

Christmas for Everyone ( will be celebrating their twenty-third year serving families, children, and the elderly on Christmas day. CFE provides a complete home-cooked Christmas dinner for everyone who shows up--and last year, there were 2700 people. There were Christmas carolers, a photographer to take free pictures, a gymnasium filled with good, clean clothing that is free for those that are in need, a band plays outside the gym and everyone who attends gets a Christmas gift, and sometimes, two. No one goes home empty-handed or hungry.

Yesterday Mary was contacted and told that she had been selected to receive the American Red Cross Hero Award for Contra Costa County. I’m so very proud of her and what she does to make a difference in her community.


Congratulations! Recently, Aiko Lee nominated you for an American Red Cross Hero Award. Your story truly inspired our nominating committee. On behalf of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, we are pleased to announce that you are the honored recipient of the Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero award, which will be presented to you at the Contra Costa Heroes Breakfast. The recognition event will be held on Friday, October 17th in Walnut Creek. We will honor several local individuals, including you, whose actions exemplify the spirit of heroism through courage, dedication and character.

Congratulations again. We look forward to meeting you in person on October 17th.

Mark Brygmann, Event Co-Chair
Aiko Lee, Heroes Nomination Chair

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