MY Beckley Day of Hope

On August 16, 2014, I had the privilege of working the Beckley Day of Hope. I chose to work in the Shoe Tent and was excited about the day. When the gates were opened and the guests of honor began coming in, I thought, maybe I had made a mistake. I am way too sensitive to help these guests! Little ones, fami-lies, grandmothers, what was I thinking? I turned around and Shelia Cooper and Susie Dotson gave me a look that said “straighten up, you can do this”. And I did. And I’ll do it again this year and the next.

There were so many stories of that day, but I thought I would share a few of them with you. There was a little boy with his mom and he was more concerned about his friend needing a pair of shoes. His friend wasn’t with him, and the mom tried to explain that he could pick out a pair for himself, but his little face dropped when he found out that he couldn’t take a pair for his friend.

There was a dad with his two high school children, a son and daughter. It was towards the end of the day and there were not any sizes left for the girl. When I told her that, the dad said, Well, can she try on a boy’s size? I looked at her and she said, okay. So, this teenage girl accepted a pair of boy’s tennis shoes, because that was what was available and she needed them. Heartbreaking.

As I said before, these are only a few of the stories from my day. I am truly thankful for my experience with the 2014 Beckley Day of Hope. I invite you to serve in some capacity, as there are many ways to help. Hope to see you there!

Amy Crawford