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In the blink of an eye it is past…

January 2, 2018

Last week at this exact moment we walked away from successfully hand delivering fully cooked Christmas Dinners complete with deep fried turkeys and hams, Care Bags filled with items to fill linen closets and laundry rooms, and Goodie Bags with hoodies, books and bonus gifts, to 82 homes right here within our corner of the world.

For the 13th year what seemed like a grinding task that took everything I had and every single spare moment I could scrap from the day the task was complete the work was conquered not by one but by many, so very many for so many.

For the homes that found funds to be few, struggles to be many, and life blows to be relentless you arrived with hope and love in hand.

For the homes that suffered the loss of a loved one you offered comfort for body and spirit.

For the homes that were reeling from major health crisis, physical inability to pull together a meal or the lack of heart to even want to, you took the load off of their shoulders and lifted hearts of ones you have never met.

For the homes of seniors who were alone on Christmas you showed up when they thought the world had forgotten about them. You reminded them that they are in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of a friend.

You donated, you rallied donations, you provided the place for us to work, you cooked, you offered your hands, feet and hearts, and most importantly time, you didn’t question, judge or stop progress, instead you made it all happen. You brought hope to what seemed like a hopeless situation on a day that birthed hope and unconditional love.

And the thank you’s have been pouring in.

Thanks from those who have never seen such kindness, thanks from those who were dreading the day and you made it a dream they never dared to dream, thanks from those who had and have food to feed the kids for the two weeks they are off, thanks from those who were able to invite others to a table to share a meal because you took care of the cost they opened their door to a need.

Of all of the thanks I hope you hear and know of mine.

My eyes were opened to how painful the holidays can be when life ends, life changes, life takes the wind from you and I had a vision, heard a calling and allowed God to move me into place with the faith and trust that He would make it all happen and He did and He continues to do so every year and throughout the year.

You hear the need, you offer the help and you meet the needs. You allow Him to move through you as He moves through me and I know for a fact that here in this corner of the world in the blink of an eye the moment has passed but the feeling, the gratitude and the love has not. In the blink of an eye you brought tears to many, smiles to even more, and ripples that are still moving through homes right here, right now.

Let’s not wait until next year at this time to unite to make good things happen.

Need continues and will continue to be present within our arm’s reach and together we can meet it.

We can lift spirits, hearts and hopes.

We can nurture our youth.

Help those who have been knocked down.

Show up for those who think the world has forgotten about them.

And demonstrate unconditional love that doesn’t enable, rather it makes healing and forward motion able to happen.

May 2018 be a year full of ripples, of growth, of hands extended to pull one up and walk alongside of a friend giving them strength in their current storm and making them able to rise up to join us in making ripples.

Wishing you a year of peace, love and one blessed in health and happiness.

I look forward to working, laughing and walking alongside of you through 2018 ❤

With love and peace,


Next outreaches:

*Warm a Heart Lift a Spirit Sack Lunch Creating Event at Old Quarry Middle School on Saturday Feb 3rd 10am- donations of sack lunch items needed

*Give that Dress (Dress Clothing) a 2nd Night Out Sat Feb 24th 9am at Community Christian Church 102 Stephen St, Downtown Lemont- donations of Prom Dresses, formal clothing, and all dress clothing needed

Terri O’Neill-Borders




Hope and Friendship Foundation
721 Hickory St, Lemont, IL  60439

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who
are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the
poor and needy.”
Proverbs 31: 8-9

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