This is Alex.
Alex is a miracle cat, for two reasons.
One, he was left in an abandoned, foreclosed house for some amount of time that we will never know, and probably should have starved to death. Luckily, this cat’s favorite thing to do is eat - so he found a way to survive. (And I don’t even want to know what that might have entailed.)
Second, we have a board at work where we post goals that we are comfortable sharing publicly, so our co-workers can keep us accountable to achieving them. On February 17, 2016, I posted that I really wanted to get a cat. I had never had a cat, I didn’t know much about cats except I thought they were really cute and fun, and we weren’t allowed to have pets at the place where we were living at the time. But all that aside, I really, REALLY wanted one, so up on the board it went. A few hours go by and magic is happening and I don’t even know it, because I went home from work THAT NIGHT and my husband and two daughters had gotten Alex for me as an early birthday gift. Shock. (And, as a pretty standard rule follower, one of the first things I said was “but we are not allowed to have pets!” That’s when my husband told me he had been working with the shelter and the landlord for a couple of weeks, getting what each needed to make this work. Wow!)
Miracle reasons one and two. So why am I telling you this?
Because that experience has made me want to be charitable toward the shelter that kept Alex safe and full until he came to his rightful home (OURS) and I would like to invite anyone reading this to do the same – think about an experience in your life that has touched you, and then think about ways you can give back in honor of that.
At Goodwill, our mission is to help people become the best versions of themselves by helping them train for, find, and keep good jobs. If you or someone you know has been affected by lack of employment, Goodwill might be a good match for your gifts. Whatever the case, today we ask that you consider donating your time, talents, or treasure to trusted charity that is meaningful to you.
You can watch a couple of short videos that tell real life stories of exactly how Goodwill helps in your community here.
If you decide Goodwill is the rightful home of your gift, you can donate here. If something else is calling you, please make a commitment to donate today. Who knows – your donation could be the start of someone else’s magical miracle!