PO Box 441
Hood River, OR 97031
May 2015 Vol.1
Kate P., Age 10
I’m constantly amazed at the generosity of the Gorge community. Support comes in so many forms - from 100 pairs of Footwise women’s shoes to a Shortt Supply pie contest, a team of Rotarians dismantling a dilapidated deck to a flurry of Soroptimists redecorating a room, financial support by Hood River Alliance and Riverside churches to the generosity of funds from members of the Hazel Rebekah Lodge and the Mosier Grange among so many others.
Every act of kindness, every generous gift, sends a message to our survivors that they are beautiful, they are smart, they are important. Something most of them have not heard in a long time.
But one of the most touching moments came a few weeks ago when a young lady called our office to find out how she could make a donation. Kate Pauly had just turned 10, and in lieu of gifts for her 10th birthday, she asked her friends to bring items to donate to Helping Hands.
Last month, Kate and her dad showed up at our office with a van full of blankets, towels, fresh produce, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and more. Tucked in there was a $10 bill too (from one of her girlfriends who suspected we could always use a little cash too).
When we shared the items with the survivors in our shelter, one woman, awed said “She’s only 10 years old? What a wonderful person.” Another after a wistful moment of silence, “she’ll go far...I was named on a prayer list once when I had a lung condition, and I got a note from a 3rd grade girl who drew a picture of a rainbow and said she prayed for me. Funny, my condition has gone away. Like that 10 year old, it gives you hope for the future. There has to be hope, doesn’t there?”
Thank you so much to everyone who has given survivors hope.
Helping Hands Against Violence
PS: Speaking of thanks, you’re invited to help us celebrate this special community at the Helping Hands Honors Event on May 14th, 6pm-8pm at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. It’s a free family friendly evening. We hope you drop by.