Our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly, wrote about this heartfelt moment she had experienced while leading a volunteer group session one evening in the Hope Center:
A couple of weeks ago, a father who had recently been going through a rough time, made his way into the Hope Center with his four children. They were invited by a regular volunteer and had never been to the Hope Center before. They spent the evening coloring Cards of Hope and packing Care Packages to bring hope to those affected by cancer. As they left, they had smiles on their faces and the father nodded towards his children and then shared with me, “they really needed this.” It was such a beautiful reminder that God always puts us where we need to be and always at just the right moment.
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. –Isaiah 58:11
Every so often patients who have received support from Phil’s Friends write back to let us know just how much it meant to them. Phil’s Friends’ unique programs all touch people in significant ways. Often times, our staff is so encouraged by the responses we get from our patients that we want to share them with the world. So, we’ve shared some of those responses here. It’s truly an encouraging reminder of the significance of each Care Package. Hopefully you will be as encouraged as we have been.
“I have tears in my eyes as I am writing you to say “thank you” for the wonderful care package my husband received in the mail today. He is overwhelmed by all the love and prayers that have been bestowed on him by people from all over. This battle with Cancer is bringing Him closer to our Lord every day. And the outreach such as yours helps in a big way. Thanks again for your gift of support.” – Kim
“I received a package today. It is amazing!! Even though I have no idea who is responsible for this wonderful, inspirational gift, I feel the need to express my thanks and gratitude.”- Patient
“I am in awe—beyond belief—at what has been delivered to me today. Every time I thought the discovery was done, I found more! You cannot possibly believe how loved I feel right now. I cannot wait to listen to the CD, but I cannot until after Easter (for Lent I always give up music…very difficult for me…but I can do it!). When I attend my radiation appointments, they usually have music playing to help relax the patients. They now turn it off for me during my 15 minute session. God bless them.” – Patient
“What a wonderful mission that have chosen to undertake. I feel blessed.” – Patient
“Thank you for your prayers, your concern, and your caring.” – Darcy