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Volunteers – Our Heart & Soul
Every March, we come together to honor and celebrate the heart and soul of Sarah Heinz House, our volunteers. For over a century, we have survived and thrived off of their generous investment of time, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom. Hundreds of selfless individuals enter the House annually, each dedicated to making the children they encounter better tomorrow than they are today. We truly could not do our work without them.
While reflecting on our volunteers, I was struck by a song that I heard on a snowy drive home one evening: “Chain of Love” by Clay Walker (lyrics below).
“He was driving home one evening, in his beat up Pontiac. When an old lady flagged him down, her Mercedes had a flat. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the snow. ‘Til he said I’m here to help you ma’am, By the way my name is Joe.
She said I’m from St. Louis, and I’m only passing through. I must have seen a hundred cars go by, this is awful nice of you. When he changed the tire, and was about to drive away, she said how much do I owe you? And here’s what he had to say:
You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do, don’t let the chain of love end with you.
Well a few miles down the road, the lady saw a small café. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and then be on her way. But she couldn’t help but notice, how the waitress smiled so sweet, and how she must’ve been eight months along, and dead on her feet
And though she didn’t know her story, and she probably never will, when the waitress went to get her change for a $100 bill the lady slipped right out the door and on a napkin left a note. There were tears in the waitress’s eyes when she read what she wrote.
You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, just the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do. Don’t let the chain of love end with you.
That night when she got home from work, the waitress climbed into bed. She was thinkin’ about the money and what the lady’s note had said. As her husband lay there sleeping, she whispered soft and low.
Everything’s gonna be alright, I love you, Joe.”
Now each of our volunteers could have been like the many cars that passed by, ignoring a person in need of help and guidance, but they chose to stop and get involved instead. They did not do this from a place of abundant time and resources, but rather, from an inner sense of purpose and desire to pay it forward.
They could have ignored the help and support they had received in their life, mistakenly believing that they were self-made, but they didn’t. Rather, each of them has lived out the refrain of this song, paying it forward to those behind them and encouraging those they invest in to do the same for others.
Our volunteers have created an amazing chain of love at SHH. We look forward to the continued links that will be added to this chain with them, and others, by our side.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do. Your gift of time and unique talent is truly appreciated!
Jennifer Cairns, Executive Director
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