I am sharing this from a PW protected blog so I won't link to it but a blogger shared this about her employer and has allowed me to share it here:
"I want to go off the adoption topic for a minute to tell you about this project I’m working on for a new hotel brand called The Lexington Hotels (I’m the PR director for them). About 20 years ago, the CEO, Steve, was suffering from insomnia and at 2am was watching TV. He ended up settling on a channel that was featuring this infomercial with Sally Struthers and starving African children with bloated bellies and flies all around them. He was moved by the commercial and called to become a sponsor. You know the drill.. sponsoring a child cost less than a cup of coffee a day. Anyhow, he was given this young boy from Uganda named Herman Kavulu. Steve and his wife received a picture of the boy and instantly started sending letters to Herman. The agency would forward the letters but for security purposes did not forward Steve’s address or other contact information. Steve sponsored Herman for almost a decade until he was aged-out of the program. Fast forward a few years and now Herman is 22 years old. Through the sponsorship, he was able to stop working/begging as a child and attend school. There is a computer in a neighboring town and one day he went online and searched for Steve. It took about 6 months of looking that he finally found Steve’s email address and sent him an email that said simply ‘Are you the Steve B(last name) that sponsored me as a child?’
Herman became a pastor and started a ministry called Streams of Love. He was so moved by the sponsorship he, his family, and his village received as a child that he has developed an orphanage and other outreach programs in his town to give the children and villagers the same opportunities that he was given because of the program. It’s the ultimate pay it forward story.
In any case, Steve has me working with the hotel vendors and our partners to send much needed supplies to Herman’s ministry to be distributed to the orphanages, schools, etc. that his church is opening. It’s an incredible ‘coming full circle’ story that totally lifts me up every day. Every time I feel hopeless or stressed, I just think of what kind of life Herman has endured and realize that I have it pretty damned good. I’m also reminded how small tokens of kindness can really make a difference in a small child’s life!