Help for Nikki~

Now that we are in the last days of 2018, I’m hearing lots of talk about New Year’s Resolutions.  Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of them.  I mean, why do so many people make resolutions when they aren’t going  to keep them?  And, anyway, how can someone find a worthy, honest need that can be helped by any size of a donation?

If you relate to this,  have I got good news for you!  If you go ahead and make a New Year’s Resolution to help someone who really needs it, I will give you a suggestion of who, where, and how:

Nikki is a 30 year-old mother who lives with Nathan, the son of a close friend of mine.  They both work hard, yet they are barely getting by.  Nikki was working two jobs until one day a couple of weeks ago, when she woke up feeling sick. She went to the ER where she started having seizures.  They thought she’d had a minor stroke. And then she did suffer a stroke.  Not  a minor one, though.  A major stroke!

Surgeons were able to remove a blood clot that was lodged next to her brain stem. Thankfully, Nikki not only survived, but she has been given a good prognosis.  But the road back to health is long and hard… and expensive!  Nikki is re-learning to walk, talk, and do other day-to-day actions that most of us take for granted. She faces months of therapy and rehab before she can even consider going back to work.

My good friend, Nikki’s mother-in-law and grandmother to Nikki’s son,  set up a small gofundme campaign to  help ease the pressure weighing on Nikki as she gets well–and on Nate, too.  (It’s cold outside!  That means high heating bills.)  And their little son.  (Although Nate works hard, losing so much income at Christmas has been terribly difficult.)

I would like to ask you to please consider making a New Year’s resolution to help someone in need, then to keep it by helping Nikki in any way you are able.  Give a little or a lot.  Either way, it will mean a lot.

Here is the link:

Thank you in advance from Nikki and Nate, all their families, and from me, too.

A happy and blessed New Year!


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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2 Responses to Help for Nikki~

  1. B.J. Taylor says:

    Thank you for bringing this to light. I will keep Nikki and Nate in my thoughts and prayers. I contribute to a gofundme site for the son of a relative: a 12-year-old boy whose right pitching arm had to be amputated after a horrible car crash on Christmas day one year ago. He lost his father from that crash as well. His medical bills are sky-high and future prosthesis sizes and adjustments will rack up the costs. My prayers for this family are many, and I will add Nikki to those prayers. Many hugs to you…

    • kaystrom says:

      Thank you, B.J. My heart goes out to that poor child. What a double loss.
      We need to help with things like these. It is our way of truly showing gratitude
      for the blessings we enjoy.
      See you soon!

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