Many children in foster care aren’t familiar with the words certainty and stability. Their living situations change constantly at the drop of a dime, and it never gets easier to adjust.
That’s why foster kids desperately need love, care, and understanding from the adults who come into their life. Foster mom Sundy Goodnight fills that vital role every day, pouring her heart into children who have nothing, as part of her life’s mission and ministry.
But recently, she was the one to witness a child blessed with an act of pure love. In October, she welcomed a new girl into her home. She was scared, as she’d just been separated from her brothers. And she brought little more with her than old, tattered clothes. So, Sundy took her on a trip to Target for necessities and some treats to cheer her up.
There, the two were perusing the costume section when another woman approached, asking for Sundy’s opinion about face paint. The conversation turned to Sundy’s job. She works at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, a faith-based organization which provides many services to foster children and struggling families. The woman, only known as Ms. Carolyn, immediately brightened up, sharing she’d been in foster care as a teenager. The little girl chimed in that she was a foster kid as well.
“The woman looks at me and asks, can I bless her with A TOY???” Sundy wrote in a Facebook post detailing the sweet encounter. Then, she continued, her jaw dropped as she watched the incredibly generous shopping spree unfold.
“She bought shoes, book bag, toys, and bath bombs and a fluffy blanket and pillow and fluffy socks. I still can’t believe this happened. She had no idea that this girl came with basically NOTHING- BUT GOD DID!” Sundy wrote.
“I want to be Ms. Carolyn when I grow up. I want to love and give generously like she did- it was lavish. And my girl said she felt so special and she kept saying ‘God Blessed Me’ and I bet she said thank you 10 times,” she added. “And truly, though less than 24 hours ago her world was turned upside down- tonight a little dignity was restored, and this child whom I’m already head over heels for says she feels special and ‘rich’!”
People were touched by Sundy’s story. And it resonated with other foster parents who’d also been blessed by good deeds. Thanks to angels like Ms. Carolyn, children in need of loving homes are getting the comfort, dignity, and kindness they deserve.
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