I got to be a part of the #GivingCards Project in May. I actually ended up with two $20 Giving Cards this month. Once Nate mailed me out a card, he emailed me so I would know that it was on its way. I still didn't have my card after a couple of weeks, so I emailed Nate about it. He put a second Giving Card in the mail for me (thanks again Nate!) which I got...then a few days later my original Giving Card arrived in the mail!
I emailed Nate back to let him know that I now had two Giving Cards. He told me to use one for May's monthly challenge and to keep the other one in my purse to use at the perfect time.
So, this is what I did this month with my two Giving Cards.
Giving Card #1
I decided to give my May Giving Card to my sister Lindsay.
A little bit about my sister Lindsay and her husband Earl. First of all, my sister is a total rockstar. Since February 2016, she and Earl have been foster parents. Since opening up their home they have fostered eighteen children. They have one biological son and they are now adopting another son through the foster care system. Their adoption date has been set for June 27th!
My sister and Earl also have a heart for missions. This past March they went together on a mission trip to Haiti. When they got back home, they started a company to help support the people working in Haiti.
My daughter turned two on May 20th, so I knew I would see my sister at her birthday party. She was really excited and surprised when I gave her the Giving Card.
That evening, my sister and her husband decided to go out on a much-needed date night together. So, I went over to my mom's house and helped her babysit their kids. They went out to eat dinner together. Then they used the Giving Card to buy movie tickets to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2. She thanked me several times for the card. Serving as foster parents is a full-time commitment, so they rarely get time away for themselves.
They both have compassionate and generous hearts and give to others on a daily basis. I was glad to surprise them with an unexpected gift that they were able to use to have a little fun together.
Giving Card #2
Friday, May 19th was my son's last day of school so we went to his awards ceremony in the morning. After his ceremony, we took our kids to Memphis to visit the Bass Pro Shop inside the Pyramid.
Once we got back into town, we passed a Walmart on our drive home. I saw a family standing on the side of the road in front of the Walmart parking lot with a cardboard sign. The temperature was almost 90 degrees that afternoon. I hated that they were standing outside in the heat with their young children. I told my husband that we had to turn around so we could give them Giving Card #2.
When we got closer to them I was able to read their sign. It said that they needed money for gas and a hotel because they were trying to get their family back to their home in Florida. The man and woman looked like they were in their 30s and they had two very young children with them.
I didn't want to embarrass them by trying to take their picture. So, I took a quick picture of my giving card before I got out of my vehicle and gave it to them. Both the man and woman smiled and said "God Bless You" to me after I gave them the card.
Like Nate suggested, I had kept my Giving Card #2 with me all month long waiting for the perfect moment to use it. I am glad that thanks to the #GivingCards Project, I could help that family in their time of need.
I am so thankful that I got to be a part of May's #GivingCards Project!