One week ago today, I woke up and discovered an email telling me about the fire in Melissa Grant's home. After reading her blog and learning of her situation, I wrote a post asking for YOUR help. OH BOY...did you help!!!
Experiencing the outpouring of love and support from this incredible group of people at ActiveRain has made this Christmas memorable and special NOT ONLY for Melissa Grant and her family...but for me also. I am so honored to be a part of ActiveRain...and to know each and every one of you. YOU are proof that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well! Thank you for giving of yourselves through your comments, prayers and donations!
When I first set up the Melissa Grant Fire Relief Fund, my goal was to collect enough money to buy Melissa's three children...Josh, Grace and Cole...some of their favorite things for Christmas. I was also hoping that we would have enough left over to help them cover some of their fire-related out-of-pocket expenses.
Together...and through YOUR generosity...we have achieved our goal!!!
When I talked to Melissa Thursday morning, I had the honor of telling her that many, many boxes of Christmas gifts were on their way to her children (which touched her deeply)...AND...that there was a check for $700 in the mail, as well. She was speechless! ALL she could say was that she could not believe that people (that do not know her and her family) would give so generously...especially at Christmas when everyone has extra expenses. I WISH ALL OF YOU COULD HAVE HEARD THE JOY IN HER VOICE! I will never forget that conversation.
Everyday, I continue to receive checks in the mail. After Christmas, we will be able to present the family with another check. PLEASE KNOW...if you missed the opportunity to give...IT IS NOT TOO LATE! The PayPal account is still available. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me directly.
While I was talking with Melissa, she shared something with me that pierced straight to my heart. I want to share it with you. One evening, her little girl, Grace (7), asked her mommy to go buy envelopes. Melissa was busy with something important and asked Grace why she needed envelopes. When Melissa went to where Grace was sitting, Melissa discovered that Grace had made cards, letters and 'gifts' for everyone at ActiveRain who had donated money to their family. Melissa had shared with the children about all of her wonderful friends at AR...about the fund to help give their family a nice Christmas. Little Grace wanted to give something back to US. She has no idea how much she has given.
This video is my Christmas present to EVERYONE who took part in giving Christmas to Melissa Grant and her family!
MAY YOUR HOMES AND YOUR LIVES BE BLESSED BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS!!!
Written and Posted by:
Elizabeth Nieves - Broker, REALTOR® -- The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group @ Keller Williams (A Bilingual Real Estate Team serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill NC and surrounding areas.)