BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Have you ever taught about the amount of change that you can make to someone’s life with your little assistance? Read…
For single mother Juana Hulin, the last few years have been tough. She was diagnosed with stage-4-cancer in April 2015—just 1-month after she and her three daughters, aged 9, 12 and 13, had changed their home.
Unable to work entirely because of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, Hulin feared that she’d get behind on her bills while still waiting for approval of her supplemental security income. It was then that ‘the Ark,’ (a non-profit organization which serves low-income, families in the Georgia, Athens, area) intervened.
The Ark assisted Hulin to settle her expenses till she’s financially back on her feet, but the organization’s support didn’t end there. Hulin says that she was called on Mother’s Day, and informed to reach the Ark’s offices to collect a special gift.
“I am a single mother, and sometimes as moms, we do not worry about ourselves since we just want our children to be okay.” Hulin said, explaining that when she arrived at the Ark, she was given a handwritten card and a beautiful bouquet of flowers, both offered by an anonymous donor.
“It brought some tears to my eyes since the thought of somebody thinking of you on Mother’s Day and—who does not even know you, it just really lifted my spirits and warmed my heart,” said mom-Hulin.
Stephanie Cockfield who is the Ark’s financial education director, says that “Adopt-a-Mom began because we wanted to meet a need in the community, which we didn’t see it being met.” Cockfield added “The most of the people that we assist are single, working mothers and we thought of ‘what can we do so as to serve them better—and also acknowledge them for what they’re doing?'”
For a $25 donation, the sponsors can select the name of the mother they wish to adopt from the Ark’s website list. Cockfield says the local sponsors donate cards and flowers for the moms, enabling the Ark to put the whole donated amount to a single mothers’ fund.
“It is helping a mom celebrate Mother’s Day,” Cockfield explained, “but it’s also assisting moms throughout the year. What we are all about is empowering people and also wanting them to understand how special they are.”
Of about 220 mothers on this year’s Adopt-a-Mom list, over 130 had been adopted by donors—by 8th.
Hulin wished that all mothers be adopted this year as she understands firsthand how much [such] a small gesture could mean to a struggling, single mom.
“You do not know what somebody else is dealing with,” Hulin stated. “You do not know if they’ve anyone to even think of them. Therefore, for the Ark to do [this], I just love it so much.”
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