Women’s Resource Center volunteer, Peggy Jones, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2019, after a short 7-week battle with ovarian cancer. As a dedicated volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center, she loved organizing! Every Wednesday, she folded, sorted, and organized clothing and assisted our clients with work-place attire. Peggy spent her life helping others. After a 35-Year career as a High-School business teacher in Ohio, she enjoyed retirement in Florida, volunteering, playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Our Women’s Resource Center families were blessed abundantly by her generosity, kindness and compassion. We will miss her energy, sweet spirit, and zest for life!
The family asks that memorial tributes be made in Peggy’s honor to the Women’s Resource Center of Tampa, 1017 Kingsway Rd, Brandon, FL 33510.
Peggy Jones (2nd from the left) and friends attending a fundraiser for the Women's Resource Center at The Chateau in Valrico, FL.
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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you….plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Tears of joy rolled down our faces as we reflected on what God had just done – again. Through volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), it is amazing to watch how God works in both the lives of the women in need and in the lives of the volunteers who serve. On this particular day, a precious client (we’ll call her Mary / not her real name) had secured employment and was now in need of appropriate clothing to begin her new job.
Mary shared with us her style preferences and sizes as we carefully searched for just the right tops, pants, sweaters, jackets and shoes to help her feel her best. As Mary tried on several style combinations – many being either the wrong style and/or fit, we didn’t give up and were relentless in our pursuit of the perfect wardrobe for this beautiful and deserving woman. Through trial and error, Mary found several outfits that fit her perfectly and made her feel confident, great, and ready. She was smiling from ear to ear. We carefully placed Mary’s clothing choices on hangers, bundled and bagged each one. And because of a generous donation of plastic garment bags from Stein Mart to WRC, Mary’s new professional wardrobe was not only protected but also had the look and feel of coming from a department store. Before we helped Mary out to her car, our WRC Executive Director, Cheryl Hickman, led us in a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving. She thanked God and gave Him the glory for all He has done will continue to do for Mary and her family. We helped Mary carry her items to her car and placed them in her trunk. She turned and hugged each one of us, thanking us over and over. We walked back into the WRC feeling so happy for Mary and very excited about her future.
About fifteen minutes had gone by, and we had moved on to discussing some new training materials, when Mary walked back in the door. We were surprised to see her and wondered if she had left something behind. She humbly began to address us, “I just had to come back and tell you all what this day has meant to me. The clothes totally exceeded my expectation. I had hoped for a couple of pants or tops to start my new job, but you sent me home with so much more. These clothes will help me as I start my new job. More than the clothes – I want you to know, I’ve never been shown the kindness that all of you have shown to me today and you need to know how very special you made me feel. It means so much to me, and I want to give you something too.” She handed us a small gift bag.
“I have 2 gift cards that I want you to have. Maybe you could get sandwiches for lunch. I just want you to know how grateful I am.” As Mary walked away – tears flowed and we were speechless. I will never forget that day, that moment, Mary’s beautiful spirit, and the blessing she left on each of our hearts.
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