If anyone would have told me two years ago when I started Jumbled dreams that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed so hard at them. I’m serious. Never in a million years did I ever expect the love, support, dreams, and so much heart that not only my family has put in but also the community of dreamers across the country.
Two years ago I had a little dream of starting a nonprofit to teach others about making a difference in their community. I wanted to teach them to volunteer and find their true passion/dream of making a change. But I also found myself in this whole process. For years I had been trying to fit in with my friends by doing sports, academics, clubs, etc. (don’t get me wrong I love all of the above) but my heart was truly never there until my mom introduced me to help other people who need a hand on this crazy path we call life. I fell in love. I knew this is where my heart was and where I belonged.
If you would have told me two years ago the number of tears, heartache, love, passion, laughter, and smiles I would see and do I would have said you were crazy. But now I look forward to all these emotions, I look forward to seeing all of my friends coming to volunteer, I look forward to partnering with other people, I look forward to the countless hours, I look forward to the tears, but most importantly I look forward to the love and hope I give people. That is what makes it all worthwhile.
The faces, names, and stories I meet on the streets are heartbreaking and humbling. Kathy, Mike, Fred, Carissa, and so many others have sat down with me and shared their stories and how they lost their way. I helped with what I had but they needed more than me and that is what hurts the most.
But I’ve realized I’m making a difference. I’m making my small dream come true. I’m making other people smile, laugh, and help them find relief and hope. I am a change maker because of people like you reading this.
Two years later with a whole lot of love we’ve collected over 90,000 pounds of food, over 30,000 toiletries, over 10,000 articles of clothing, raised over 10,000 dollars, and officially partnered with 25 organizations. As I’m writing this, those numbers just make me so overwhelmed. How can that be? How can do many people fall behind a 15-year-old girl? Still trying to figure those questions out, but what I do know is, I’m humbled and honored to be on this journey. I’m chasing my jumbled dreams.