ANOTHER SAD STORY FOR OUR FOUNDATION

Trey & Tulips   This is Charles Howard Theus III (Trey).  He is the youngest transplant patient to live in one of the apartments.  He moved in on April 10th with his mom, dad and grandma.  He was only 5 months old and was waiting for a liver transplant.  He was the sweetest little guy you could ever hope to meet and know.  He had a smile that lit up the room and he was so cuddly….just a sweetheart.  He was doing very well for about one month, when he got really sick.  And sadly, on May 11th, he passed away.  It’s hard to express our feelings.  His passing, of course, opened Jeff’s story for us once again.  What we are learning is this:  we are doing much more than providing a place for transplant patients to live.  We are getting attached to them in one way or another (it can’t be helped).  It’s not always easy, but it is definitely the most rewarding part of everything that we are doing.  If God can use our pain to help someone else deal with theirs, we are more than happy to let Him use us.

Mary and Brad attended his funeral in Jesup, Georgia.  It was a comforting service but we had to admit that it really difficult to  look at a little, tiny coffin.  But we remembered that only Trey’s body was in the coffin.  Baby Trey is now in the arms of Jesus, safe and well.  For that we are grateful.  But the other side of that coin are the ones left behind.  Our prayers are for his mom and dad and grandma.  He was their world and they are crushed.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF DONATION

Janet Painting    Janet table and chair

As is a common occurrence, Bob met a woman at ACE who wanted to help the foundation and what she volunteered to do was to paint furniture.  Her name is Janet Seebeck, and she has become a good friend.  Janet lives in a town home, so she drives over to our house in order to paint.  She told Mary to look for furniture that is not in very good shape (and therefore cheap!) and she would make it look like new.  So Mary found this table and four chairs at a thrift store for $40.00.  It was in rough shape, but Janet did, indeed, make it look like new.  The best thing about her is this:  she first sands, then primes, then sands again, and then puts on at least two coats of paint.  If Mary was doing it, she would probably dust the piece off and spray paint a couple of coats and call it a day!  Janet’s work is beautiful….as you can see!  This table and chairs will be going into Apartment #4.