The Joy of Helping

In October 2009, I read an article in our local newspaper about The Child Abuse Prevention Center.  Curious, I went to their website.  They were promoting their annual event Families Helping Families and I began reading all the needs and wants of so many families. I immediately called my Mom. I asked her:  “How do you feel about adopting a family? We have everything we need, let’s give to others less fortunate.”  She didn’t give it a second thought, she was on board.

We sacrificed our Christmas to give this family theirs.  “Our” adopted family wished for the basic needs of new shoes, jackets and clothes.  Things that we take for granted.  It was such a joy to shop for “our” family.  It felt as if we were buying for our own.  We were so happy to give. We were honored to fill their needs.  Knowing we touched the lives of strangers and made their holiday joyous is a feeling you can only know by doing it yourself.

As a result, my family and friends have adopted families through Families Helping Families.  I hope many more will do the same.  The staff of The Child Abuse Prevention Center is amazing.  Former Director of Development, John Tumminello and Michelle Hodges, are so appreciative, professional and always ready to assist.  2011 will be our third year of adopting a family.  This is a tradition that I hope one day our 11 year old will continue when she has children of her own.  People should know that being blessed doesn’t mean having everything you want. To me, being blessed is being able to share with those who don’t always have everything they NEED.

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes Always,

-The Esparza, Prieto & Martinez Families

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