This past week as Americans remembered their fallen military heroes on Memorial Day, Spaniards entered into a 10-day national “time of mourning” for people who have died from COVID-19. Over 27,000 people here in Spain have passed away during these last few months, many of them all alone in nursing homes and hospitals.
All of the healthcare facilities around us have faced many challenges as they work through plans for the future. One nursing home in our target area has lost 24 of its 48 residents to the coronavirus, with half of those who still remain fighting for their lives. The Alpedrete Church has helped them with providing some needed supplies. Recently, as we were dropping off some equipment the Alpedrete Church bought for them, the director of the
nursing home shared with us that they had to throw away all of their art supplies and craft materials because they feared they were contaminated. We were sad to hear this news and began to try to find a way to help them.
We reached out to The Hanna Project (THP) for help. We are so thankful that they have agreed to help fill this need by providing funds for this nursing home to re-stock their crafting supplies so that our friends there can continue using their fine motor skills as they create art. Here’s an excerpt from a THP post on Facebook:
“There are many other friends and partners of THP who are actively engaging people in their areas in desperate need of Help, Hope and Healing. For this reason, we have set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund to address some of these requests. We invite you to partner with us in this much needed endeavor. You can donate online at our website www.hannaproject.com. Designate your gift to COVID-19 Relief in the comment section on the giving page. Be assured that 100% of your donation will be used for this effort.”
Honoring our military personnel last week for sacrificially giving their lives for their country has made us reflect on heroes. “Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.” (Mary Roach)
We are thankful for the large hearts of our supporters and also those who support many of the THP efforts. They are truly changing the course of history for lost souls in Spain…and around the world.