Many of you know that I volunteer with a GREAT charity called Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF). It is so great that it won the “2013 Human Services Philanthropy Award” by Make It Better magazine, and the prize was a free professional videotape for marketing our organization. This week the tapings were done, which included testimonials by social workers from Lake County (IL) and some of the oh-so-desperately-poor kids they help, each discussing how MTF came to the rescue.
Today MTF’s Executive Director, Cheri Richardson, received two emails, which she forwarded to volunteers and I want to share with you. The first comes from the movie director, Adam, describing his experience with “Henry”. But make sure you keep reading…read down and take in the email from Brenda, the social worker from an elementary school that suggested that Henry’s story might be just right for the movie. And then believe in all things right and good. There is a Santa…or is there an angel among us?
From Adam the Director:
“Cheri: Wow – what a story. And two incredible interviews! That kid was something else – such a little character! He has been through SO much and yet he was so resilient and funny. We’ve been quoting him nonstop. He was just a piece of work. The first thing he did was challenge himself to conduct the first ever blooper-free interview. Next, he told us about his design for a perpetual motion machine. Free energy! He described it in great detail, then asked me, “do you know how many schools you could power with a machine like that?”
I responded, “all of them?” His answer: “35.”
We were dying…so cute and funny!
And Brenda was amazing. She cried. And pretty much had us on the verge of tears. That’s a social worker who cares!
I’ll tell you what – MTF has some fans out there. The challenge will be cutting this thing down to a manageable length – there are so many gems of wisdom and insight “in the can” – we have an embarrassment of riches”.
And here’s the show-stopper from Brenda the Social Worker:
It was a blast watching Henry and hearing him tell his “Life Story”! I didn’t know if I should have laughed or cried….so I did a little of both! The crew was really fantastic, just like you said they’d be. I hope we were able to represent Mothers Trust Foundation in a way it should be represented! Thanks for giving us the privilege!
It was quite a day for Henry….right after his interview, he had to go to the police station to meet DCFS. They were planning to take him into custody and put him in some type of temporary foster care. Well, long story short, they couldn’t find family or foster care setting that would take him immediately—so I have him! Yes, he is at my house right now. It looks as though he will be here for the holidays! The family was evicted from their house because of squalor-like conditions (sewage backup) in the home. It’s condemned and no one can get in. Family is split up right now.
It’s very interesting…my hubby and I are usually alone and not used to entertaining a 12 year old.
Hope you have a very special Christmas season. Take care, Brenda
P.S. If you know of anyone who is a foster parent in the Waukegan/Zion area, please let me know”!
Merry Merry Christmas, Weedpatch readers. May your hearts be full of peace and love for all the Henry’s and Brenda’s in the world. xxx’s Rommy ##