Spreading Circles on the Water: A Lotta Love

IFC Newsletter 2015

As Lotta remembers, “With help from friends and companies it just took off! People want to help when they know what is needed and what a difference a few dollars can make! HomeStart is doing a good job helping these women and children but for budget reasons there's just not enough money for basic things. It hurt me so bad to see children and women going to bed without real bedding, a pillow, a table lamp or a nice towel. Everybody deserves that - especially these women and children!” By Christmas nearly all the bedrooms had been made over and a teen room and play room had been transformed as well.

Lotta continues, “ Doing this is the most rewarding thing I have ever done and it has turned me into a better and happier person. The more you give - the more you get. I wish more people would understand this. Connecting people to do good and to see the results, it's just amazing. It's a win-win for all of us, both givers and receivers.” As one HomeStart resident explained it, “I realized it’s not the end of the world. Someone just showed me they cared and that gave me a lot of energy.”

For Lotta and Darliene and all the others involved in the HomeStart transformation, it isn’t about them, “but about the women and children at HomeStart. And, it is all about spreading circles on the water.”

To learn more about the HomeStart Makeover Donate a room project go to: www.alottalove.org or www.ifcweb.org/donate-a-room