Friday, February 23, 2018

Gary, Indiana (February 14, 2013)

On February 14, 2013, representatives from Michael’s Dream Foundation made a trip to Gary, Indiana to deliver some smiles to some very special kids. As many of us know, Gary is among the poorest cities in the country and is severely under-served when it comes to medical services available.

Although the Dream Box delivery was originally planned for a hospital in Gary, our plans were changed at the last minute and our new endpoint became Walker Medical, run by Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Walker and a sweetheart of a nurse named Glynnis. They were very excited that we found them and were gracious hosts as we delivered Michael’s Dream Boxes to the children they had arranged to be there. Because this is a private doctor’s practice, the visit had to be planned carefully as to not disturb any incoming appointments so we made the delivery on Thursday, which is their “office” day when they have no appointments.

Luckily, they were able to invite 3 children to come in and meet us with their parents to receive their special deliveries. It was a whirlwind visit as the doctors were very busy, but the joy we felt in our hearts by seeing the smiles and excitement on the children’s faces made the trip well worth it! They were so happy to see us and even happier to see the bright red boxes full of goodies. Demetrius was so excited he had his hands in the boxes before we even made it all the way through the front door! When we showed them the donated “Ever After” books (thanks to Brenda Jenkyns), and pointed out Michael’s picture on the back, they became ecstatic and immediately knew who he was. It was truly a precious visit and one we will never ever forget, and one we hope to make many more times to come! There really is nothing in this world sweeter than knowing that you were able to make a child’s day in the way we were able to this past Valentine’s Day.

We left a total of 20 additional boxes with the fine people at Walker Medical to hand out to their other patients. If you would like to help us put more smiles on more faces, please make a donation today; and thank you to all who helped us make this delivery a success!