It is amazing how the cliché’ of, “A little love and encouragement can go a long way”, is true even when tried in the most difficult of circumstances. As a hospital social worker (previously), I was able to participate in handing out these types of encouragements to those battling cancer in our community, thanks to the wonderful organization of Celebrate Life.

My experiences of distributing the fruits of Celebrate Life’s efforts were numerous- some were meeting material needs while others were used to give lift to the human spirit. I was able to receive a grateful hug after handing gas vouchers to a woman who didn’t have the finances to drive to treatment. I provided a sizeable gift card to a man who could no longer eat solid foods and relied on expensive health drinks to live, due to set backs from his progressing cancer. I was thankful to be able to give a dad battling cancer a card to take his family out for an evening of much needed fun…All because of Celebrate Life.

I wish the entire community involved in this organization could have experienced those moments with me, so that they truly understand that lives are improving because of their efforts. I can’t express to you the blessing of being able to meet a need for someone that was feeling scared and hopeless- to be able to let them know that people care about them and they are not alone. I was beyond fortunate to be the gift giver, when you are the ones doing all of the hard work.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Celebrate Life for all you do! And thank you to the community of North Idaho for donating towards such an amazing organization! Please take my word for it, and know that every single dollar spent goes further than you could even expect.

Thank You!
With Gratitude,
Kaitlin Barnhart