Thursday, December 30, 2010

Why I Want to Give

Why did I start this blog?
Why do I want to give back?
How do I want to give back?

These are all questions I hope to answer along the way. I started this as a way to document my journey. As a way to connect with those that might need the help. As a way to encourage others to do the same.
I have led a very blessed life.
That’s not to say I grew up rich, or that I have a lot of money now. To me, money does not equal blessed. I grew up in a home where I felt loved. I never felt like I went without, although I know at times we did. My parents somehow managed to put my brother, my sister, and I all in private Christian school for our education from preschool through high school on one income. (I'm still not sure how they managed that.) I grew up knowing God. I grew up healthy.
Because of the generosity of others, I was able to experience many things in my childhood that I am sure I would not have been able to experience otherwise. People donated money in the form of scholarships for me to be able to get the education I did. They YMCA gave my parents financial assistance so they were able to put me in many programs during my childhood. People at my church gave to me in ways I can never repay. I could go on forever, but I don’t want to bore you to death.
I look around me and I feel a tugging at my heart. A need to give to others. God blessed me in many ways, but one I am most thankful for is that I was blessed with a healthy body. I want to fight for others who can’t fight for themselves.
I work in nonprofit for the YMCA and I really feel God has placed it on my heart to stay in the nonprofit world, whether in the YMCA or elsewhere, but I feel he is calling me to do more.
I am not sure yet what this is going to look like, or how it is going to play out, but I want to do something.
So what do I do? Where do I go from here?
I am not sure. It will be an interesting journey to walk through.
I want to help fight for those with CHD and for their families. I want to help those, and the families of those affected by special needs, medical or otherwise. I have a special place in my heart for foster children and those in the system. There are many things I would love to do.
What do I need from you?
I need your suggestions. I need your expertise. I need to know where you see a need. I need your encouragement. I will probably need your help.


  1. Reading this makes me very happy. I will help you in any way that I can (but you already knew that.) Love you kiddo!

  2. Great beginning to your blog. I will help in any way that I can... Please tell us what is CHD and how did you get involved in fighting for those who have it?

    Dawn Shillington

  3. Dawn,
    CHD is congenital heart defects. My roommate Laura has one and one in every one hundred children born has one. Extremely common but most people know nothing about it. I follow many blogs of families who have children fighting CHDs. If you look on the left of ky blog you will see them all listed there.