Letter From the President - November-December 2012
The holidays will soon be upon us. While many of us can count our blessings, I am mindful of so many others who are facing hardship, whether it’s financial, or health-related, loneliness or personal stress brought on by life’s demands.
Somewhere, a mother passes sleepless nights worrying about her son or daughter serving in the Middle East. Somewhere, there are parents wondering how they’ll pay for their child’s therapy. Somewhere, children go hungry and without the basics to start the school year. Somewhere, a father laments the loss of his daughter to forces of nature beyond his control.
That “somewhere” is right here in the Lehigh Valley. It’s in Haiti. It’s in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s people you know and people you don’t. But we are all bound together in the spirit of Christ and that gives us hope.
In this online issue of Sweet Charity, you’ll read about wonderful people doing great things to bring hope to those who need it. From the gift of good books to our patients in the rehabilitation hospital to a visit from a mission-driven pediatrician from Haiti, you’ll find stories that will inspire and perhaps even renew your commitment to give of yourself in a way that will make someone’s life better.
You’ll read about Wanda Lemieux, a remarkable woman who suffered a spinal stroke yet remains filled with spirit and determination. For Wanda, Good Shepherd has been like a gift. I’m awed by Wanda and grateful that Good Shepherd is here for her.
The ever-changing face of health care poses some challenging times ahead for Good Shepherd, but I know that with faithful and prayerful stewardship of our resources, we will remain strong. As the year draws to a close and you consider your blessings and the role Good Shepherd plays in our community, I hope you will include us in your year-end giving. Someone’s mother, father, child, sister, brother, or grandparent will thank you for it, and so will I.