Friday, May 10, 2013

Kindness of strangers

So many people gave their heart, time and money to make sure Carson had a great trip. Time and again we were touched by their generosity.

First: many, many thanks to Make a Wish Oregon and Missouri, which provided financial support and logistics. Thank you! And thanks to Amy's friend, whose name I don't know, who referred Carson to Make a Wish. I'm sure someone will tell me her name in the Comments :)

Cheryl McLean let us stay at her beach house in Waldport, which let us enjoy the sound of the ocean, stroll the beach, pick up shells and rocks for Carson and get a few more minutes of sleep before we boarded our boat bright and early.

Rebecca Robinson at Irene's gave Carson money for treats at Laughing Planet. He kept asking to shop, so Kathy took him up on it and bought a pretty dress at her new favorite store! Kathy's boss also gave her the week off - during the craziest time of the year. Thanks, Dean Tammy Bray! Her co-workers also picked up the slack -- kudos to Heather and Alan!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium staff were amazing and gave us a behind-the-scenes tour where we got kisses from sea lions and a special view of the shark tank. Our guide was wonderful. I even think Carson made her cry.

Waiters, waitresses, store owners, tour guides, well-wishers in Missouri and Oregon, etc. all showed us the best of the human spirit. Thank you!

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