Where did 2019 go? I last updated this blog on October 2nd and today is the 27th of December! So much has happened in the meantime. The day-to-day stuff for the foundation is always on-going and keeps us on our toes. We submitted our 990 Tax Return for Non-Profits to the Feds and also to the State of Georgia. Thank you to Mindy, Liz and a professional tax accountant for getting that done. Mary got on-going help with cleaning the apartments from a former care giver, Annelouise and her friend, Linda. What a blessing! A local florist now provides a fresh flower arrangement for every new family. A special touch! We now have two great friends who offer the use of their trucks to pick up and deliver furniture. A sometimes hard and physical job. We set up Christmas trees and some other Christmas decor in each apartment. We signed lease renewals on a couple of apartments. We had a BOD meeting, which included visiting two of the apartments so some of our board members could see them for the first time.
And, most importantly, during October – December, we had a total of 14 transplant families come and go. We could never have imagined where we would be at the end of 2019, when we first jumped off that cliff in July of 2017, not knowing where we would land! Our growth has been phenomenal. Last week we welcomed our 63rd transplant family to the apartments.
Sadly, we lost one of our patients the first week of December, which is always a sad time for the family and for the foundation. Mary & Brad attended the funeral, which was a beautiful tribute to the patient by his friends and family. His 13-year-old daughter was the last to speak about her daddy and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Finally, as another year begins, please know that we are forever grateful to all the people who support us. Family members, old friends, new friends, acquaintenances, and strangers, all can take credit for helping us accomplish the mission we set out to do, which is to take care of, and to love on, transplant patients and their care givers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We have met the most wonderful people during our journey. People who are going through, probably, the most traumatic time of their lives. People who are all too willing to admit that they are depending on God to get them through. We have shared many tears, much conversation and a lot of laughs with them. Every day we are reminded of how important good health is. And we are grateful to the doctors, nurses and social workers for their God-given skills to help in the healing process. What we are doing truly involves a team of professionals, volunteers, givers, servers, and prayers. And we are grateful for each and every one of you! May 2020 be good to all of us.