When a jar filled with cash was stolen from a restaurant in a small Central California town, the restaurant owners and customers were shocked and dismayed. This was not an ordinary jar sitting on the counter for the purpose of leaving a tip – this was a special jar, filled with heartfelt notes and monetary donations for a very special little girl, 6-year-old Madelyn “Maddy” Gonzales, our I Feel the Love Project March 2014 card recipient.
Diagnosed in the fall of 2013 with acute lymphocytic leukemia, Maddy often travels with her family – mom, dad, and older sister – for treatments. The stolen jar of cash, filled with donations from community members, would have helped to offset some of the expenses incurred by the family.
“I was sad when I found out,” Jessica Gonzales said. “Just to know that there’s people out there that would do something like that. I’m not naïve, and I know things like this happen, but when it directly affects my daughter, well, it’s just sad.” And what was Maddy’s reaction when she heard the news a few days later?
“She said ‘That’s just stupid!’ when I told her what had happened,” Gonzales said. “Then she said she was sorry for using a bad word; she doesn’t like saying ‘stupid.’ She’s a sweet little girl and for this theft to happen was just not right.”
I Feel the Love Project- March 2014
After reading Maddy's story, we knew that she was our girl for our March project. The exciting news for me is that for the first time since project #1 (June 2011), this is a local project for me and I get to hand deliver the box of goodies to Maddy. That will be an extra special day!
Please join us this month as we create handcrafted greetings cards to send to Maddy. If you would like to be a part of this month's project:
All you need to do is:
Submit your hand crafted card/s by April 1st to:
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA 93423
Please share your project with everyone by linking it to the I Feel the Love Project photo gallery before you put it in the mail. Click HERE to find the photo gallery. Thank you all in advance. This could never work with out you and all your continued support. Spread the word!