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One of the hardest things I have ever had to do is ask for help!
I made it a personal goal of never doing so and can still count on one hand
in 53 years how many times I asked for it. That comment is not meant to
be boastful, but to show how prideful and stupid I was. I not only made
things much more difficult for myself, I often made the situation worse
and it in turn impacted other people negatively. It was only after literally
hitting rock bottom through losing my job, the love of my life and having
cancer that I was humbled and finally asked for help, often.

Asking for HELP, shows strength, humbleness, and vulnerability. Asking for help is
a selfless thing to do! Unfortunately, we all know people who will not ask
for help. It often is not out of stupidity or stubbornness like I was, but
rather simply not knowing where to go to get the help. Regardless of the
reason, Peaceful Hugs, like many other organizations, doesn’t wait for folks
to ask because we know it is our responsibility to simply help without
being asked!

As I wrote in my last blog, Peaceful Hugs realizes that making a
difference, is not about size or money, but working with others who
believe in and have faith in a common mission. Collectively we can make
a difference! Therefore, we are proud to announce that we are able to
donate over $13,000 in grocery gift cards to families in need in the city of
Detroit on Saturday, July 11th. We have partnered with two organizations,
Woodside Bible church and Shiloh Baptist church to help us in this
endeavor. What wonderful partners they are, and we are grateful for their
assistance and help in this effort.

We are blessed to be able to help those in need. This is our first event
as an organization and we are grateful to be able to help others.  We
have faith that we will continue to be able to do so for many years to come.

Saturday for me is going to be like Christmas for me when I was a child.
On Saturday it will be Christmas in July for me as an adult; Friday night
it will be hard to go to sleep, I will get up early and be excited and humbled
that I am so fortunate to see the many gifts. So grateful for the gift of
Love, thanksgiving, and being able to help others. What gifts indeed to
those of us who can help. Because, at some point, we all need help in
some form or fashion and in another, we can all pay it forward in return.

Remember – The second is this: Love! Mark Steven

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