Great communities do not happen by accident

Great Communities Do Not Happen By Accident


It is hard to believe we are in the last quarter of 2017 and the holiday season will soon be upon us.

Our country and our city have been through a lot with storms, floods and negative conversation this past summer and fall. 

The eclipse on August 21st brought our nation temporary relief as we looked to the sky above and discussed things larger than ourselves for a few positive news-worthy days. As one of my daughters texted me from the beach that day: “Thank you MEDARVA for the eclipse glasses, so cool to see the sky today.” 

Unfortunately, the realities of life still exist even after a day our grandchildren will remember by seeing the sky from a different perspective on Aug 21st. 

There are still people “in need.” Poverty is a social problem, but it is also a medical problem. So many of you inspire me with your actions and your generosity as you help stand together in solidarity to get people the help they need. The story below is one mere story I overheard this time last year. Thanks to you, the story below was solvable.

A mother was arguing with her daughter. They were not in the holiday mood at all and were anxiously disagreeing with each other. The mother was having some serious vision issues that were easily correctable, but came with a $60 price tag. “Mom, I want you to have these special glasses. It’s the holidays and you deserve it so much,” I heard the daughter say. 

MEDARVA Foundation giftThe 80-year-old mother was adamant that food was much more important than a pair of glasses. They simply did not have the money. The daughter was equally headstrong. Here was a chance to improve her mom’s vision and ultimately, her safety.

The daughter started calling siblings. They were trying to pull their dollars together to see if they had enough—a far-from-equal repayment of everything their mother had given to them throughout the years. 

“Mama, you will look so great,” the daughter insisted.

Because of some very special supporters, the MEDARVA Low Vision Center was able to donate the special glasses to the family.

I knew I had caught a glimpse of donors’ love for their fellow human beings. A mother now would be safe and her children were able to give her a gift she would never forget.

It was amazing to know that a family was no longer forced to decide between putting food on the table and getting the necessary care that a mother needed. 

As an organization, MEDARVA does a lot inside of our buildings. In the past few years, we wanted to add value outside of our walls to make a difference in our community. I think some of the other enclosed stories in this newsletter best articulate where YOU have helped in so many other ways to make more of a difference for more people, in more ways, than ever. Thank you for your continued dedication to helping MEDARVA. If we are committed, it is possible to make a positive change in one person’s life at a time. 

Highest Regards Always, Mary Jane Hogue