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January Update

There were many new changes I was going to include in the post for the farm this month, but I decided instead to post this amazing story written by the mother of a true gift of a child. This story really needs no intro other than to say that all the participants are neighbors to the farm and have supported us from the beginning. This act by this beautiful ten-year old, and the reactions it generated from the adults around her is amazing and truly heart warming. Maddie has touched our hearts and has inspired us to never give up on our mission. THANK YOU MADISON.  Till next month, enjoy….

Our daughter, Madison, turned 10 on January 22.

Madison came to us and said that several of her friends were asking her what she wanted for her birthday.  She said that she really did not need or want anything because she received everything she wanted for Christmas. We asked her what she had in mind.  She said she would ask her friends to donate the money they would have spent on her birthday gift to the Freedom Farm for Veterans. She knew that the animals would benefit.

So Maddie had her birthday party and raised $250.00 from the generosity of her wonderful friends from Kenosha Montessori School and Scamps Gymnastics. Last Saturday Maddie was so very excited to deliver that check to John at the farm.

Later that Saturday evening, we received a call from a lady named Cassandra. She explained she had heard of Maddie’s donation earlier that day and wanted to reward Madison with a check for $250 for her to spend on herself.  We explained that was very generous however that we could not accept such a lofty gift.  So Cassandra gave her the option to keep some, or donate some to the farm.  Maddie, without hesitation, immediately chose to donate the money to the farm.  On Sunday we met Cassandra in person and she came to the farm with us to present John with the generous donation.

Since that day the blessings continue to multiply.  On Sunday afternoon we went to complete our taxes and Cathy Martin of Martin Tax Service in Kenosha generously told us to have Madison donate what she would have charged us to complete our taxes to the farm. Then that same day while my husband was at work, Captain Maccari of the Kenosha Police Department generously donated money to the farm and a beautiful challenge coin for Madison.  Yesterday Madison’s Godmother also made a donation.

It is truly amazing how one random act of generosity from a ten-year old child has grown into almost $700 in contributions for the Freedom Farm.   Madison loves her trips to the farm and we can only hope that her act of kindness continues to inspire others to help support the farm.

Christine

Maddie and Christine 2
Maddie and Christine
Maddie Christine and John
John and Maddie

 

ZB News 3-19-15 page A8