Thanks to some very special people, our friends in the Capitol District YMCA just outside of Albany, NY recently experienced a few real life miracles. It all started when their YMCA took in a beautiful family from Afghanistan. This family had shared their amazing story about the terror they had experienced in Afghanistan and the trials they endured just to get into The USA.
Two representatives from the Y, Diane Lykes and Brendan Mooney, have been a beacon of light in this family’s life. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson to describe her experience working with this family Diane said, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
The family was given a membership to the YMCA thanks to YMCA board members, donors and staff. Thanks to the generosity of YMCA members Bruce Bell, Matt Tedeschi and Nick Isaacs, two children from this family, ages 8 & 12, were able to enjoy a week at camp. In addition they, along with their 15 year old brother, also received fully supplied backpacks for school thanks to CAP COM CEO Paula Stopera and her amazing team, The YMCA and The Town of Bethlehem.
Last month Derek Martin, District Executive Director for the Capitol District YMCA, had a great conversation with Amanda Goyer from CAP COM to thank her and CAP COM for their unyielding and generous support of The Y. He had the opportunity to share this family’s story and arranged for CAP COM to hand the backpacks to the children. She was so very moved that one of their VP’s, Sharon Phillips hand delivered a $500 gift card to give directly to the family for school clothes.
Now is when it gets really amazing…No coincidences, no happenstance in life. During lunch one day at camp, the YMCA staff noticed the two children had no food except a small bag of chips they shared. The staff members learned that day that the family had no food in their house. Let that sink in for a minute. They had no food in their home! But these children were so still very thankful, gracious and happy to be safe and have fun at camp. (look at their faces!)
But, just in time, another $500 gift came for the family that day! By the grace of God, Diane and the mother of the family used this gift to fill their shelves and fridge with food. When Diane, Mark, and Derek presented the kids with the new backpacks and gift card for school clothes, the response was beyond magical. Beyond grateful. Beyond overwhelmed. As they hugged us, everyone involved had a hard time holding back the tears.
Thanks to everyone who helped make these little miracles happen. We commend your for your vision and compassion for this new family in your community.
The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him may your hearts live forever!
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.