In 2014, Ann joined Giving Children Hope as a recently retired nurse, not knowing what God had in store for her. When she walked through the doors for her first shift, we immediately knew that she would one day be a tremendous asset to our organization. And we were right!
At the young age of 21, Ann started working as a nurse at what is now called USC Medical Center. Fifty years later, she decided it was time for her to retire and start serving God in other ways – that’s when she found Giving Children Hope. As a member of Wilshire Avenue Community Church, a partner church in our 10:29 Initiative, she learned about the different programs we offered and decided to test the waters. She instantly fell in love with our Global Operations medical supply sorting opportunity – after all, she brings to us 50 years of experience! After a year of countless hours sorting medical supplies for needy communities, she agreed to be our sole Global Operations Volunteer Leader. Ann says that her favorite part of working at Giving Children Hope is the mystery of sorting medical supplies. She says, “Every time Giving Children Hope receives a new pallet of medical supplies, it’s like opening a present.” But above all, she loves that she is a part of team that looks to the needs of others.
When asked what superpower she would most enjoy, she looked at me and asked, “What would it take to cure homelessness? I would want that superpower.” This is the kind of person Ann is. Her genuine heart, her overwhelming kindness, and her radiant positivity are qualities that the staff members here are all striving for. Her favorite quote comes from the Bible – “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. She expresses that God has been been faithful through all the years and has blessed her through employment and a purpose in life. Giving Children Hope is honored that one of Ann’s purposes in life is to sort medical supplies in our warehouse and serve underprivileged communities in that way.
Ann is a world changer, and you can be too! If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Giving Children Hope, please contact SueLynn at email@example.com.