recent photo of Mike Rowe and Kristiina
The Garage of Blessings
Quote by Algernon D. Black, former senior leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture:
“This is a call to the living,
To those who refuse to make peace with evil,
With the suffering and waste of the world,
This is a call to the human, not the perfect,
To those who know their own prejudices,
Who have no intention of becoming prisoners of their own limitations.
This is a call to those who remember the dreams of their youth,
Who know what it means to share food and shelter,
The care of children and those who are troubled,
To reach beyond barriers of the past,
Bringing people to communion.
This is a call to the never ending spirit
Of the common man, his essential decency and integrity,
His unending capacity to suffer and endure,
To face death and destruction and to rise again,
And build from the ruins of life.
This is the greatest call of all,
The call to a faith in people.”
My sister Vicki Hand who lives near Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Washington has been telling me about the Nonprofit Organization THE GARAGE OF BLESSINGS for months and months. She is one of the volunteers at this place of giving and providing, to those who are less fortunate, the very basics of life – not just warm clothing but soap and toothpaste, blankets and food and most of all love and recognition. I was there myself on a recent trip to visit my sis and I was overwhelmed with the organization and the efficient cooperation of its volunteers. But there is an ambiance that surrounds all of the hustle and bustle as people are assisted in finding what they need to survive – and let there be no mistake I do mean survive. The only words that begin to give you a feeling for the rarified air of this place are simply the words Love and Respect, for all those folks who come in the door and are greeted without judgement and an eagerness to be of help.
Founded in her own garage by an extraordinary woman named Kristiina who has a heart as big as the planet and goals to match, the Garage of Blessings had a visitor yesterday, bringing a camera crew and bundles of great joy. Mike Rowe of the TV show “Returning the Favor” paid her a visit, listened to her story, met everyone and managed to enlarge and enhance her warehouse space in ways that she might have needed years to accomplish on her own. Kristiina dreams BIG and so does Mike Rowe so they are a match made in heaven.
If you are fortunate to be moving to Oak Harbor, Washington, (lucky you) or you already live in the area and you would like to volunteer your services or donate goods just get yourself over to the Garage of Blessings – everyone knows where it is.
Go to http://www.garageofblessings.com for more information.
Look for Mike Rowe’s TV Show – “Returning the Favor”
Volunteers ready and eager to be of help and take your donations!
For all that has been, thanks; to all that will be, yes. – Dag Hammarskjold Jo Ann Brown-Scott, artist & author New Novel “A Canary Flies the Canyon” Web http://acanaryfliesthecanyon.comavailable on Amazon & KindleBlog www.thecreativeepiphany.com Follow on: Twitter @jobrownscott9 Instagram at The Creative Epiphany Facebook – Jo Ann (Rossiter) Brown-Scott
It’s an honor to see your write up about the Garage of Blessings. Vikki is an amazing volunteer. With the blessings we received, during the filming of Returning The Favor, ;for the 1st time we have the beginning of what we hope to turn into purchasing the building and finally having a permanent home. Never again living with the knowledge that the building were renting will be sold. Since what we bless to anyone coming in for needs, warmth, a sandwich and a coupe of soup from our free customer kitchen. Everything we give is a blessing, we do not charge to help anyone in need. We totally rely on donations and a handful of small fundraisers.
If reading this has touched your heart, please go to our website posted at the end of this article to see more about us. We donate section if you are able to help us in raising the $100,000 we need to purchase the building we currently rent. We can mail you a receipt which scax deductible.
Thank you for spotlighting an article on us! I pray that by the time the show airs we can provide a follow up to Mike Rowe that we’ve raised the funds to purchase our building
Public Relations Director
Garage of Blessings
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Wendy thank you for this reply – I loved to be in a position where I could give you all some additional publicity! You all are doing such great work! Many thanks to YOU!