On Saturday, I was out in The Woodlands for my cousin, Jerry's, 60th birthday celebration. Our dads are brothers. I was the only one there from the Morrison side of the family, but there were lots of aunts, uncles and cousins from his mother's side. It was my first time to meet some of them; others I hadn't seen since I was a kid. Not only was it wonderful fun meeting and reconnecting, I also had the opportunity to talk about Star of Hope.
Jerry's cousin, Donnie Thomas, was tragically killed in an automobile accident about two years ago. Donnie loved our mission, and in lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be made in his memory to Star of Hope. As one person after another shared with me about Donnie and their memorial gifts, I was completely humbled by the awesome responsibility with which I, and all those with whom I work, have been entrusted. We are to continue Donnie's legacy - as well as the legacy of all those precious partners who labored with us in the past and have now gone home to be with the Lord - through our ministry to Houston's homeless men, women and children. Never have I been more grateful to work for an organization that puts Jesus Christ at its center and whose core values are excellence, integrity and changing lives.
I hope it's of great comfort to Donnie's family - and to each person who makes a gift in memory of a loved one - to know God is doing some amazing things at Star of Hope. Through His love, each day hearts are touched and lives are forever, eternally changed and restored. I'm reminded of the chorus "When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory!"
Learn how you can give a tribute gift in honor of or in memory of someone special. Visit Philanthropy Opportunities Houston.