Cynthia King’s eyes glimmer behind stoic features. She spends her days working and returns home to look after her 7 children and young grandchild. Ms. King works tirelessly, but whatever the day may bring she takes solace knowing she is keeping a roof over her family’s head.
Recently that comfort was taken from her. On April 5th, the King’s home caught fire – a faulty electrical wire sparked a flame that destroyed mostly everything inside.
We take for granted the stability of a home. Waking up to a hot shower, having a place to sleep, the photos along the walls, even the clothes on our backs. For Cynthia and her family, all that vanished.
I first heard Cynthia’s story from Lisa Raedler, co-founder of Food for Thought – a non-profit that helps underprivileged kids in Philadelphia. Lisa is simply incredible. As soon as she heard about Cynthia she immediately reached out to us.
I met Cynthia and two of her boys at her sons’ school, Camelot Academy. Lisa and Howard Marcus, the school’s director of student services, were there as well. Howard is as equally incredible as Lisa. He knows what’s going on in the kids lives and always pays attention to their needs.
It didn’t take long to realize how deeply Cynthia cares for her children. Her husband passed away years ago, and while she speaks fondly of him, you can’t help but notice she could use the extra hand right about now. You could hear the pain in her voice as she recounted the hardships of the past two months.
While we cannot replace everything in their home we can still help. We decided to give two months worth of donations to the family and supplied them with $326 in gift cards to Old Navy for new clothing. When I handed Cynthia the gift card she hid her face, trying not to cry. I placed my hand on her shoulder and assured her they deserve this and so much more. She and I both couldn’t hold back tears at that point. It was an incredible moment, and a reminder that the little we’re able to offer can mean the world to someone else.
Thank you Food for Thought, thank you Howard, and thank you Gethrr community!