Healing Hope Kindness Campaign was originated in a unique way.
This group and three women saved my life.
I, Janine Lyke Schmitt have had 3 kidney transplants, 10 years of dialysis, 19 surgeries, neuropathy, and lupus.
In March I was feeling ill, went to the ER and had pneumonia.
Was tested for COVID twice, both negative.
Took 2 months 20 lbs. , 7 weeks of antibiotics to recover. My transplant medication went up to $730 a bottle. I became very depressed.
I wanted to fight my depression and do something for others who had it worse than I did.
I reached out to Md Anderson and asked if they needed help, something I could do from home.
They were very low on art supplies.
My friend Keari Miller has progressive MS was home sick and wanted to partner with me.
We did an online drive and it was a huge success.
It felt so amazing giving back to others struggling like us, we wanted to keep going. Our friends Stacy Dreyer, who is married to a veteran with uncontrollable diabetes, and Dawna Toll-Ames who has fibromyalgia joined in.
The four of us not only work together for others, we've formed a relationship to cheer each other on in such a difficult year.
We then did a donation drive for senior living facilities in our area to give them activities for their quarantines.
We then did an outdoor event to help them combat depression and raise their spirits.
Giving back to our most vulnerable just feels like the mission we are supposed to be doing.
So we formed a formal group, The Healing Hope Kindness Campaign to continue our efforts the rest of the year.
We are currently doing a donation drive for the kids at Md Anderson and stocking stuffers for our seniors.
We will deliver 242 stockings with cards to senior facilities to make sure they feel loved this difficult holiday.
In January we've decided to file to be an official nonprofit to make sure we can continue our mission to bring love, support and most importantly hope to our most vulnerable humans.
We also stand for kindness.
We reach out, and try and bring people together in our communities for the greater good of others.
There has never been a greater time in most our lives for kindness and compassion than 2020.
We know we won't change the world.
We will however make the world better for some, and those are odds we can live with. When people come together anything is possible.
Call (409) 256-5094