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Tuesday, November 14

Success Story | Sally Smith & Family

We often hear of success stories here at the Blessing Bag program and how much such a small bag can mean to people, not just on the streets of Roanoke but through homes and the families that live within them too.

Recently on a drive out to South East, I met up with Sally and her husband Joseph.

The Smith family came from Bristol, TN where Joe and Sally wanted to move to an area where there was better job opportunity, so Roanoke being the largest city around, they packed up and headed here with hopes of finding a job.

Joe, a remodeling contractor has had a hard time finding work in our area and Sally is a stay at home mom, homeschooling their son who has autism.

I first met Sally through a Facebook message. The message was simple and it read...

"Hi, Our family could use a couple of your bags, we don't have much right now, were new to the area and even a tube of toothpaste could be helpful right now."
So, on one late August eve I headed out with  three of my Blessing Bags filled with mostly hygiene items and I met them over at the 9th Street CVS.

Sally was very grateful to get the bags and she went on her way.

Well, as like most people with our Blessing Bags, we either hear from them each month asking for another or we never hear from them again.

September came and another message for bags. Again, I met her out there and this time she was far more grateful as she knew what to expect in the bags.

In October, I didn't hear from them.

Well the middle of November and I got a message here...

"Hi Josh, Thank You so much for your bags! While small they have really helped us here over the last few months. I'm happy to let you know that Joe recently got work and we are getting things back on track here with bills and starting to finally settle into the Roanoke area. Thank you for everything you have done here, it's humbling to know there are still good people in the world."

Wow, talk about heart warming here. I don't often hear a lot of great success stories but it's nice to know that our small non-profit here in the Roanoke Valley does make a positive impact, even if it's just temporary.

I asked Sally if I could share this small story with you guys because while the Smiths are not homeless, they were in need and I was happy to help with what I could.

Roanoke DOES care. I want to help show our community that it doesn't have to be a bad place to live, actually quite the opposite, that's why I encourage you to use the hashtag #RoanokeCares in your social media posts when you see good in our community.

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags ,but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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