Seeing information about ReSurge, her "heart went out to the children" and
she sent her first donation.
"From the beginning, I had great affection and sorrow for those children
and their families," said Barnes, now 75. "I was touched, and continue to be
touched, by ReSurge's work."
"I have a gigantic family with 10 children, 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
They are all healthy and none have suffered any terrible
problems," said Barnes, who lives in Maryland. "I am
fortunate and think it is important to share with those less fortunate."
And that is what Loel Barnes has done for more than 20 years. Almost every
month, ReSurge has received a check from Barnes. Most of the time, those
checks are accompanied by a very kind note—not only thanking us for the
work ReSurge does, but also asking us how we are doing, hoping we are
okay after a storm she read about and sometimes even sending us a family
photo. We cherish her notes.
When asked why she donates monthly, Barnes explained that she liked
setting aside a little each month to help; it helps her to budget, prioritize and
share consistently. What does she get in return? "It feels wonderful to help
monthly. I also appreciate the thank you notes I receive.
They are personal and make me feel like I am close to everyone and really
part of the ReSurge community," said Barnes. Loel Barnes is part of our
community and our hearts. We are grateful for her tremendous generosity,
which helps to transform lives every month.