Holding Onto Dreams

(By Gwen Bonnell)

Photo Credit: Denys Nevozhai

Since I was young, I’ve had a heart for children who don’t have parents. Looking back, I realize a seed was planted in my thinking when, at the age of twelve, I saw part of a documentary about orphaned children in Romania. One scene has never left my mind: a large, gloomy room, filled with row upon row of cribs, each with an underweight, emotionless-looking child.

It might have been the first time in my life that I realized how devastating it was for a child to be orphaned. Maybe that’s why it made such an impact. But it left me with the belief and determination that I would someday do something for a child who didn’t have parents.