The story: Reason To Give met Zoila in December of 2007. We were awed by her passion and vigor despite her situation.
In the summer of 2008, after generous donation from a Firebelly client, Reason To Give delivered Zoila and her daughter, Janise, a brand new twin bed, complete with sheets, pillows and a comforter. Janise, a curious but shy 5 year old, slowly opened up to our Reason To Give volunteers as we set up her new bed from IKEA—by the end of our visit she was laughing and helping plump up pillows.
The entire afternoon was a fun bilingual communication experiment with little Janise aiding our translations volunteer in conversation between her mom and Reason To Give staff. As we left, Zoila quietly pulled our translator to the side and conveyed through tears just how grateful she felt. Reason To Give is happy for the opportunity to help.
Bearing needed items again, Reason to Give returned to Zoila's home in 2009, this time with a brand new microwave, plus coats and boots for each Zoila, Janise and Darlene.
In 2010, Reason to Give delivered a Dora kitchen set and books to Zoila's two daughters. Even though little Janise was shy in front of the camera, she'd been asking for a kitchen set for three years and couldn't have been more excited!