Letter: Helping Hands Clinic did more than help

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 04:10 PM

To the editor:

Early in 2009 I received a phone call from someone who I haven’t heard from in a long time. It was my mother who lived in California. She had been experiencing some serious health issues and with the economy in California the way it was, she was unable to find employment to support her or to provide medical care for herself. She asked if she could come to North Carolina and live with my family, and I cautiously said yes. However, it was one of the single best decisions I have ever made. Within weeks of arriving the staff at the Helping Hands Clinic embraced my mom and enrolled her in programs so she could see doctors who specialized in her health problems, doctors that donated their time to help people like my mom. By the end of the first year, my mom’s chronic health issues were nearly manageable. She became active in our church and also began to participate in the community. The multiple health issues my mom suffered from finally took her from us this past week, but what the Helping Hands Clinic provided was much more than medical care. They made it possible for a mom and daughter to reunite and build not just a new relationship but a stronger one. They gave a broken and sick woman the opportunity to know and love her grandsons and to feel love from not just family, but from an entire community. They gave a daughter the opportunity to not just know forgiveness, but to give it and use it. For now with her death, I know she has peace with renewed relationships, the love for our Lord and the hope of life eternal. The Helping Hands Clinic didn’t help my mom, they gave her so much more, they gave her life. This holiday season, please consider a donation in memory of my mom, Kate Barngrover, to the Helping Hands Clinic so their mission of providing medical services to unemployed citizens in our community can continue to make differences in the lives of others.

Stephenie Oxford

Lenoir