Guest Blogger: Hayden-Jay’s mission to help The Mustard Seed.
A few months ago, a mysterious package arrived in our mailbox from sender, Hayden-Jay Smith. As we examined the box we realized that is was from a child. When we opened the box, the contents included toys, clothes and a letter of some sort. To our surprise was a letter from Ms. Hayden-Jay Smith a long with a cash donation!
We are very pleased that Hayden-Jay and Shane Shirley Smith have decided to share their story with us. Please read Hayden-Jay’s story below.
I am not sure what got her thinking about helping children, but when she gets an idea, it is hard to stop her and I didn’t want to. She asked me one day how she could help kids and their families that need help and I told her that there were various organizations who make it their mission to help families in need. I told her about some of them and when I mentioned how the Mustard Seed helps people get the things they need for their homes, her eyes lit up and she had a question.
“Yes, they do baby.” I said as tried to smile while holding back my real emotions.
“Well then that is who I want to help.” she said decisively. I am going to raise money for them mom. Okay?” She said full of excitement and desire to do good.
Here is the simple way she made making a difference fit into her life in her own words complete with a smiley face and her own little joke…
Hello, I’m Hayden-Jay. I wanted to help the Mustard Seed because they need help. And how I raised the money? I went to school asking for money, I went to concerts asking for money and when I went, I was in luck because everybody I asked said yes! And that is how I donated and that is how I did it and it feels good to donate because people need us. Just remember, if you want to help too, just talk to other people so they can start a good seed, I mean deed, for the Mustard Seed.”
- From 7 year old Hayden-Jay
Thank you Mustard Seed for all you do to help families in need and those families like ours who were in need of something a little bit different than household supplies. We appreciate all of the good you share throughout Central Florida.