Except they don’t.
When I met with my client Shaun, she was a young widow raising two small children with autism. Her five year old son was still not verbal or toilet trained and her vivacious three year old daughter was a comfortable rock star in the bedroom she shared with her mama, but a nervous wreck stepping outside the front door. When I asked her what we could help with, she told me about her one pair of tennis shoes. The sole had come off so she went to Wal-Mart. She found a pair and looked at the $14.99 price tag. Should she choose shoes or dinner? She put the shoes back, and went home and super glued the sole back on.
Out of the Gray was able to provide her with some new tennis shoes AND a sweet pair of Liz Claiborne sandals to go with some sundresses. That afternoon, I pulled out of the driveway teary eyed. Making ends meet in a modern world can be tough, but I’ve never had to choose between a single pair of shoes and feeding my kids. It is that realization that continues to make it an honor and priority to help. So tonight I’ll hug my babies, enjoy my food, blow a little kiss to my rocking kicks and be thankful for the big things that make the little things possible.