Queen for a day

Last week we highlighted the impact volunteers have made in the lives of two homeless children and their father (see Al’s story here). Drawing on the theme of our remarkable volunteers, we just couldn’t pass up today’s story!

sheila-l-hayes-mccoy-007cropped1Sheila, a current client at the Coalition and mother of two, recently attended an event hosted by First Baptist Church of Orlando. She was especially touched by the “first-class” occasion, saying the event allowed her to relax and be thankful even in the midst of her circumstances.

As part of their Missions Fest ’09 weekend, First Baptist Church of Orlando hosted The Queen’s Banquet as an outreach to Orlando women in need of encouragement. The event was offered to women from the Coalition, the First Life Center For Pregnancy, the Orlando Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Downtown Ministry, and others. The primary objective of this banquet was to allow single moms and women struggling with poverty to be treated like queens for the day.

The Queen’s Banquet included feeding the women a nice meal, allowing them to choose several outfits to wear for job interviews and treating them to facials and massages. First Baptist also provided childcare during the event, setting up a mini-carnival to offer the children a memorable experience while providing their mothers peace of mind.tiarra

Sheila raved about the day, saying she was moved by the volunteers’ warmth and compassion.

“…this was something they had wanted to do for us for some time,” Sheila explained, beaming with the knowledge that she was deemed worthy for such ‘royal’ treatment.

Two weeks later, Sheila is still glistening with memories of the extravagant event. Even without her admission of the fact, it is obvious in Sheila’s bright smile that First Baptist achieved their goal: despite her current situation, Sheila really did feel like a queen for the day. 

“I want to thank the volunteers just for caring, for looking out for us mothers and giving us that time to relax…It was really special for me,” Sheila said.

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