Story of Impact
Linda came into our Resource Center asking for help insulating her basement ceiling in order to continue supporting herself through rental income. She had already purchased most of the supplies needed but was unable to complete the work herself because of a 12-year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma that had recently resurfaced, requiring chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant.
When SERVE 6.8 said “yes” to helping Linda, none of us – not even Linda – realized how many people and businesses would be blessed to serve Linda over the next 3 months.
Our knowledgeable friends at Lowe’s in Greeley jumped right in and assessed the project, then added to their expertise by bringing in a volunteer from Mr. Fixit to lead the project alongside our volunteers. Timberline Church came alongside Linda by paying for the extra supplies required and the Timberline Singles group cared for Linda throughout the fall by coming to pray for her and shuttling her to and from doctor appointments.
Linda’s newly insulated basement still needed drywall work and painting, so we scheduled the work with a friend of hers who is a professional painter, with Timberline coming alongside financially.
As the date for her bone marrow treatment was drawing near – entailing 4 weeks in the hospital and 2 weeks being cared for ‘round the clock in a hotel in Denver – she shared with us the critical need to have her house cleaned to a sterile level for her health and safety when she returned. We assured her we would work on this while she concentrated on healing and taking care of herself over the next 6 weeks.
The moment we approached the Timberline Singles Leader, Mark, about lining up a cleaning crew to sanitize her house while she was away – he responded with an immediate “Yes, we’re happy to do that!” In addition to the Singles and Lowe’s and Mr. Fixit, M&J Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning were also ready to jump in with a great price for the needed work on Linda’s house to be part of the effort.
What a blessing to see the Church, businesses and individuals come together as a family to care for someone in need and battling cancer. Recently, as she prepared to return home, she said, “Wow! I had no idea how many people have helped! That’s amazing! I am so blessed to have all these people who care and love me — God has touched my life through all these helping hands!”