Day 317: Jessica’s Closet

17 Feb

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A few days ago I was listening tof the radio and the DJ said that it seemed to be raining throughout the region.  However, I saw about an inch of snow from my window and called him to tell him so.

After we talked about the weather, he asked about my plans for the day.  I told him that I would be making a pie as part of my gratitude project and explained how it helped me to focus on my blessings

As we continued to talk, he told  me that his daughter Jessica had died three years ago. Then he told me how he and his wife had found a way to turn such a tremendous loss into something that helps others. It is a place called Jessica’s Closet.  Jessica’s closet is a “store” where disadvantaged young people can get the things they need at no cost. 

Though Jessica’s parents knew that their daughter was kind and generous, it was only after Jessica’s funeral that they found out just how many people Jessica had helped with clothing, food, money, and her friendship. Creating this store was a way to carry-on her amazing legacy.

This morning I brought a Marionberry Pie to Jessica’s parents. I am in awe of their ability to honor their daughter in such a beautiful and compassionate way.

To live in heart’s we leave behind is not to die.
Thomas Campbell

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3 Responses to “Day 317: Jessica’s Closet”

  1. Danese Grandfield February 18, 2012 at 4:39 AM #

    Karen,
    These last two posts really made me think about what it means to “let go” of your child in an even larger way than I will be doing when my daughter gets married in a couple months. Here you have shared two examples of people who are using their loss for someone else’s gain. I love, too, how this pie making adventure has not so randomly given you opportunities to meet new people with incredible stories.
    Thanks for listening to that idea to embark on this adventure, and for staying committed to it daily.
    Blessings,
    Danese

  2. Donna Wright February 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM #

    What a wonderful choice to receive one of your pies!

  3. kimberley February 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM #

    Jessica was an amazing young woman – thank you for posting about Jessica’s closet.

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