UNITED STATES – Cori has lived through the kind of tragedy that can easily break the human spirit. She lost her husband in a drive-by shooting and her home to a house fire shortly after. Yet the devotion a mother has to her children kept her going no matter how weary she became.
After the tragedies, Cori decided her family needed a change of scene. She loaded up a moving truck with her 9-year-old son, Hunter, and the two took off for Texas. “I was shaking for the whole drive. I felt like I had PTSD,” she said. But Cori held onto hope that a fresh start in a new place would refresh her outlook on life.
However, the new start quickly became a heavy burden for Cori to carry alone. She found employment at an airplane and auto parts factory. But this meant waking up at 3:00 AM every day to make it to work on time. Despite long hours and little spending, finances were still tight. Bills began to pile up, and Cori wondered how she would pay them all. It often came down to deciding between food and electricity.
“I had to say, ‘I don’t know, Lord, You’re going to have to take care of this bill because I didn’t see that one coming.’ I didn’t have anything,” she said.
Weary Cori also struggled emotionally. She realized her need for a support system, someone she could lean on through her trials. “You’re trying to grasp for anything you can to hold on to, and it’s like, there’s nothing else,” she remembers thinking. “I need a mentor; I need to get plugged in somewhere.”
Her prayers were answered when Cori found Operation Blessing’s distribution partner, Hill Country Daily Bread. She began to pick up groceries for free every week! Relief filled her when Cori realized this meant her income could go towards paying bills and taking care of her son’s other needs. Your generosity makes it possible for OB to send these resources and supplies to people in need.
Hunter is now flourishing. He’s blessed by the nutritious meals. In addition, Cori also receives the spiritual support she needs. She now meets with a mentor from Hill Country for regular prayer and encouragement, and no longer feels so weary.
Between the support and food, Cori said, “I don’t know where I would’ve seen myself without that. It makes a huge difference in a single mom’s household to have a stable, reliable plate on the table…. Thank you!”
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