NORFOLK, Virginia – Ray, a retired military veteran and double amputee, and his wife Esther had seen the weather reports and knew that a winter storm was coming that would most likely trap them inside their home for several days.
In my travels I meet hard working mothers all over the world who get up every morning and make herculean efforts to make life better for their children. But in spite of all their work, they still cannot escape the pull of generational poverty. These women usually can’t afford school uniforms or tuition and are also hard pressed to afford medicine for their children when they get sick. Beleaguered moms have the energy and the will — but lack the way — to earn enough to bring their children into a life free of poverty.
GEORGIA – Tracey never dreamed her family would ever have to choose between paying the bills and buying food, but when she was let go from her job, money quickly became tight and that tough decision soon became reality.
VIRGINIA – Robert, a retired Navy veteran, has struggled with health issues for some time and must attend frequent dialysis appointments as a result. When a winter storm hit their area the night before one of his appointments, Robert and his wife Ruth found themselves trapped the next morning–unable to leave their home due to the inches of snow that now blocked their driveway.
NORFOLK, Va. – As frigid weather took hold of Virginia, we had a unique opportunity to respond right here at home. Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Norfolk, asked if there was any way Operation Blessing could help with a local need near our headquarters in Hampton Roads.
With the region facing record low temperatures the city was very concerned about the local homeless population. While there are shelters, many of the homeless still remain on the street and during the daylight hours also need to stay warm.