This one hurts and I’ve got a mix of emotions swirling inside. As you know, the ReesSpecht Life Foundation has always been about spreading kindness and positively impacting the world. Life threw me a curveball recently, and it turns out – I have trouble with the curve… As such, I felt it’s important to open up to you, our incredible community, because you’ve been there with us and our mission through thick and thin.
It’s never easy to talk about times when trust is shattered. I’ve always believed in the goodness of people and the power of coming together to make a difference. In some ways, because this is how I choose to see the world, I mistakenly assume that everyone sees the world this way. It’s precisely this thinking that helped create the ReesSpecht Life Foundation – and it’s precisely this thinking that allowed someone to take … Read More
Families in our community need our help now, perhaps more than ever before…
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our drop-off locations are unable to physically collect toys this year. In a year where we expect the need for donations to increase exponentially this could be potentially devastating. Fortunately we have a solution that we think could help offset the loss of physical locations: Contactless donation through online retailers!
The easiest way to do it is to click on our Amazon wishlist (HERE) This will set up shipping and allow you to choose from the gifts our experience tells us are the most needed.
If you do choose Amazon, we are preferably asking any/all of Rees’ pieces to go to smile.amazon.com and choose the ReesSpecht Life Foundation as the non-profit you will support (doing this will ensure that a portion of proceeds will go directly to … Read More
We have had a lot of visitors to our site and we wanted to share this video done by Verizon 1 which sums up pretty much everything we are about. Samantha and I are both humbled and honored by the love and kindness being spread in Rees’ memory. Please Keep Cultivating Kindness, always!!!
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“I had just returned from a Christian Conference in Georgia and I was on my way home from the airport when I saw a garage sale just closing up. I happened to see an item I needed as a prop for our Children’s Ministry Theater. When I asked the price the man named Ben told me, but the price was a little high for our church budget. Just then Ben said, “wait just a minute” and he went into his house. He handed me the card and he said I can have the item for my church for free if I would pay it forward. I promised I would!”
And that is the power of paying it forward. Now multiple people will benefit from the chain reaction of kindness started with one simple gesture. 🙂 Thank you for sharing, Nancy!… Read More
Rees was an observer. He often watched me intently, seeing what I was doing, taking it all in and almost never uttering a word. A simple nod of his head, or a smile would confirm that he was assimilating his observations and forming a world view based on his perspective. Rees went to bed every night with a smile and woke up every morning laughing and giggling. Rees was pure joy, and that is not the rose colored ruminations of a father who is trying to remember his son in a positive way, it is the unadulterated truth.
Those who knew Rees will attest to his happiness and its contagiousness. If sadness is truly the opposite of happiness, then the loss of my little boy represents the ultimate sadness. I am sad. I lost my little boy and I will never, ever have the joy of hearing his giggle ring … Read More