Inspired by Betty Londergan's What Gives 365 and the Bible (not necessarily in that order!), I'm giving away $250 a week in 2011.

This is where I'm recording that journey, and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Groceries for a Young Mom

I love it when a plan comes together. Especially when it's clearly not me who orchestrated it.

Yesterday as I was driving to meet two precious friends for coffee and a long overdue chat, I realized that I still didn't know who today's money was going to. I wasn't worried about it -- more curious to find out what was going to happen.

As we were getting ready to say our good-byes, Bri (who didn't yet know about this blog, incidentally) told us about a young mom at her daughter's high school who hasn't been getting to class lately because she's been passing out from hunger. She has three young children and is unable to make ends meet financially. Bingo!

This mom is part of a new Young Parents' Program in Bri's county. It currently has 22 participants, all under 21, who are looking to finish their high school credits. Childcare is provided on-site, and breastfeeding moms can keep their babies with them in class -- hence the crib in the corner of the English room.

Bri and I are both the daughters of teenage moms who did what it took to make a good life for us. What a blessing for us both to be in a position to help someone else who is struggling through that season. Kudos to the teacher who has developed enough of a relationship with this young woman that she was able to find out what was going on at home and to connect her with help, and to Bri for getting the word out and delivering practical help yesterday afternoon. $250 in grocery cards isn't much, but I awoke this morning thankful that three young kids and their mom are eating breakfast and heading to school today because of it. What a privilege to be used in this way! It makes me wonder what next week has in store.


  1. Really great Rebecca, real love, real life, $250 is a fortune to that young mom I am sure! Be blessed, be a blessing! Love, Jennifer

  2. Beautiful Rebecca! What a gift.

  3. What a great gift!

  4. Dear Rebecca,
    Your insides must almost want to explode with excitement, anticipation, and awe, as you wait for the next personal encounter with the Lord.
    I know He will bless you and all the receiving ones as well. And the blessing won't stop there, it will spill over onto those who walk alongside; and just think of the possibilities in years to come... as thankful hearts find ways to bless others.

  5. Awsome choice bud, keep up God's work, as the need is huge!

  6. Thank you.
    Love, Mom

  7. Isnt it wonderful how God works through people, places and things? You weren't ready for your next plan but you waited, confident that God would show you and He did. So awesome Rebecca..gave me a big lump in my throat! That young woman now knows that there really are people out there that do care.
    Hugs Nancy

  8. This brings a tear of joy to my eyes-you both are wonderful examples of hearts that love to give!

    What will our next coffee date bring? Pretty exciting!

    love you both Bri and Rebecca