I just had a simple question about their story. A family who had registered their Gold Star kids for our American Gold Star Christmas project at BelievewithMe.com had entered very little about their fallen soldier so I thought I’d give them a call while I waited for teenagers to come home Saturday night.
I was no where near prepared for the response I got on the other end.
A heavy northeastern accent marked by years of smoking answered the phone. After I explained who I was, she broke down into tears.
“You’re that organization buying gifts for my grandson? Bless you! Thank you so much for remembering us at Christmas!”
She told me that after the loss of her son, she had suffered a stroke. That would explain the strained speech and slur. She then talked to me about how she and her daughter couldn’t even spend time together this Thanksgiving because it is too hard to even see one another without the pain intensifying.
She talked about how she had considered suicide.
She told me sweet stories about her son and how her grandson looked just like him. About how she missed her boy desperately and how proud she was of him for “doin’ what he done.”
I was humbled and heartbroken.
“Well Mama,’ I told her, “Your son was a fighter. And he wouldn’t want you giving up the fight.”
I tried my very best to encourage her and I heard her smile as we exchanged good-byes.
Folks, that’s who we serve at BelieveWithMe. Those moms and dads, the surviving family members, they are the rocks on which this nation stands or falls. Their sacrifices are worthy of our honor and respect and that’s why I am asking you to help me show them that we are #gratefulamericans who remember their loved ones this Christmas. Join us at BelieveWithMe.com by giving a donation so that we can purchase the more than 250 Gold Star kids we have registered some wonderful Christmas gifts this year!