Lynda Brown & Tobie Spears – 2019

Tobie , thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Day to day the world can seem like a tough place, but there’s also so much kindness in the world and we think talking about that kindness helps spread it and make the world a nicer, kinder place. Can you share a story of a time when someone did something really kind for you?
Years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to meet the remarkable woman, Lynda Brown. Despite being twice my age, Lynda became both a friend and a mentor to me. Amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we found solace in sitting outside on lawn chairs, brainstorming ideas to enhance our respective non-profit organizations. Lynda’s involvement with a fantastic organization called “Kids Eat,” which had recently been taken over by a well-funded entity, opened doors for us to collaborate and make a difference.

In her generous spirit, Lynda introduced me to the founders and the team at a larger foundation, urging me to reach out to Sylvia, a key figure within it. Following her advice, I contacted Sylvia to explore the possibility of securing a grant to support our community in Guatemala. This was the first time we had ever applied for a grant, and the process was quite daunting. However, with Lynda’s guidance, we navigated through the application, ensuring that all the questions were answered comprehensively and the financial figures were well-aligned.

As we sent in the grant application, we hoped for the best but were astounded when we learned that we had been awarded the largest amount of money we had ever received. It was an unforgettable moment when, on the eve of my birthday, I received an email informing us that the grant had been approved. Thanks to this blessing, we now had funding to provide nearly 3,000 meals each month to a Guatemalan community struggling with malnutrition for a year and a half.

It is without a doubt that we owe much of our success and transformation to the kindness and introduction from Lynda Brown. Her unwavering support and belief in our mission have played an instrumental role in shaping who we are today. We will forever be grateful for her guidance, which has opened doors to new opportunities and allowed us to touch the lives of countless individuals in need. Lynda’s legacy lives on through the positive impact we continue to make, all thanks to her selfless contribution to our cause.

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