John and I moved to Canton in 2007 from Mechanicsburg PA, gleefully digging in some roots after moving around the country for many years. John is the President and CEO of a company in Kent, Ohio named AWP, Inc. We have four children. Kirby is a third grade teacher in Alexandria, VA. Her twin sister Lexi works for Blue Ridge Labs at the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. Our third daughter Elle is working on a Masters Degree in Social Work at Loyola University in Chicago, and our son Jack just graduated from Wake Forest University this spring.
I came to hear about Love the Children in association with a group called CAST (Caring And Serving Together) that was initially formed in our neighborhood. The more I heard, the more I was intrigued. And the more I was intrigued, the more I loved everything I learned about Heather and all the ways LTCM was blessing underserved children of Canton.
Our CAST students at Early College Academy and Timken Early College High School began helping with basket raffles and wrapping parties and came together last year on a service project to raise monies for the LTCM Christmas Dinner.
I have been able to hear Heather speak passionately about her vision and her prayers for tangible relationship with these local children. The proof is in the smiles of all the kiddos, who for the last 10 years have entered the Timken Commons on the Saturday before Christmas excited not just to share a holiday meal and see Santa, but to be filled with joy and great love from a community coming together just for them. It is a beautiful thing and I am thrilled to be a part of the LTCM board and looking forward to seeing what God has in store for this very special ministry.