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Doing For Others

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal” – Albert Pike.

I ran across this quote today and couldn’t help but think of YOU, our faithful supporters. You gave of your time, finances and talent in 2011 to “do for others and the world.” Not only has Bridges of Hope experienced the generosity of this community; but I have personally experienced this during my ten years living in this community, especially over the last five months.

Some of you know that my mother recently passed away after a four-and-a-half month battle with Leukemia. Our family mourns this loss deeply. Friends, family and the community have wrapped their arms around us with such love and care that it brings tears to my eyes as I write this.

One of the reasons I admire my mother is the fact that she was always doing for others. I feel so blessed to be living out her example by serving at Bridges of Hope, an organization that not only does for others, but helps them do for themselves as well. I am inspired by the glimpses of my mother’s loving and giving spirit that I see in my five and seven-year-old children, especially over this last few months as they have had to endure the illness and loss of their beloved grandma.

Today I am also thinking about and feeling so humbled by the gifts made to this organization in 2011 in honor of and in memory of loved ones. I just want to take this time to acknowledge these special folks.

2011 Honoraria and Memorial Gifts: In Honor of Dick & Carmen Holter In Honor of Katie Sordahl In Honor of new staff Jennifer Koenig In Honor of Nick & Kassie Heisserer and their children In Honor of Patty Baltz In Honor of Val Knudsen                                                                                                                    In Memory of Charles McQuinn In Memory of Clarice Hager In Memory of Denise Schneider In Memory of Mike Znameroski and in Honor of Susan Znameroski In Memory of Pauline Bottemiller In Memory of Winnie Lou Hern For Bode For Carol Marrin For Jim Rehberger

To those of you who made these gifts, thank you for choosing Bridges of Hope and trusting in us to do this work we love in honor of Him and your loved ones.

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