The For The Kids Team
As a child I experienced hardship, and I knew at an early age that I wanted to help others who were going through the same thing. I had a positive role model in my life, and I learned that hope can be a powerful thing, and that if one person could show me hope through their actions and by caring about me that I wanted to do the same if I ever had the chance. I started out by simply wanting to feed as many kids as I could and what has happened is that I found so many more people just like me that wanted to help and together we not only feed hundreds of kids, but we are also giving these kids hope. “Get started, make it happen” (Author unknown) it really can be that simple and I would love for you to join us!
I have been in the HR world for years, helping employees through hard times so when Minda reached out to me to join the For The Kids Board it was an easy yes for me! A few years prior I had created a youth softball team to help young kids stay active and learn a sport in a positive environment and it was an easy transition to add sports to FTK and help kids not only through providing nourishment but also through a sport. FTK now sponsors the Rose Park Panthers and I get to help in new ways to make a difference in the lives of kids who need the help!
As a child who grew up not always knowing where my next meal was coming from, I have made it a priority as a successful businesswoman to give back to the community, specifically with feeding impoverished children. I believe that providing nourishment for these children will foster hope, opportunity and change for these young lives. We all have the ability to help end the cycle of poverty and provide the nutrition, mentorship and guidance they need to succeed in life, and FORTHEKIDS.ORG is a great way to do just that.
I came across Minda and her work completely by accident. She was hosting a fundraising silent auction at a downtown hotel the same night I checked in. The rest is history! I've been helping out in one form or another since 2014, becoming Volunteer Coordinator in Spring 2021 and joining the board in September 2021. It is hard to express how much For The Kids has changed my life. By simply giving of my time, I have helped impact so many lives for the better. Danny Thomas once said, "Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself, it's what you do for others". By this measure, I hope to lead a very successful life.
Growing up in my small hometown, the economic ups and downs of the oil industry provided me with multiple opportunities to witness and experience firsthand some very hard economic times. In addition, my father was a great example to me at a young age. Even though at times things were financially limited, he would help anyone at any time with whatever he had. So, this influence from my parents coupled with my experiences while earning my Eagle Scout, the importance of helping and giving back to those less fortunate or going through difficult times was instilled in me at a very young age. I was introduced to For The Kids through my youngest son’s baseball team and I fell in love with their mission. Shortly after this introduction, there was no question in my mind that any time they needed anything that I was grateful for the opportunity to help. Giving back has become a fundamental part of my life and something I am now striving to instill in my own children, and I am grateful to FTK for the opportunity to allow me to participate in this great organization.