The goodness that can come from sadness

I don’t really know how to approach this blog, but I knew I wanted to write a post about it. With that said, forgive me if I ramble.

Last night, I had the chance to participate in the first-ever Ella’s Halo Helping Hour. Hosted at my office, around 20 volunteers gathered to fill 500 drawstring bags with things like cameras, water bottles, toiletries, pens and notepads. These bags will eventually be donated to the NICU at one of the hospitals in Minneapolis for parents of preemies having to make unexpected hospital stays.

While Ella’s Halo, the nonprofit hosting the event, is a worthy cause in anybody’s book, it was made even more special for me because it was founded by my co-worker and his wife, after they lost their daughter Ella in 2009.

I don’t know what it’s like to have or lose a child. However, I can’t help but have the utmost respect and admiration for Ryan and Taryn. They took a situation that will forever conjure dual memories of sadness and joy, and they turned it into something that can help others unexpectedly put in similar situations.

I’m looking forward to being able to help with other Ella’s Halo activities in the future and hope you’ll take a moment to visit the Ella’s Halo website. No donation is necessary, but please read Ella’s story. I hope it inspires us all to build up the strength and courage it takes to brave life’s dark situations and turn in them into light.


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