AURORA, Colorado — When life is in between blessings, LaQuita Golden is there to fill the gap.
"Ever since I was a little girl, my grandma always gave. She always was a giving person to needy families – women in need, children in need – and she always had a cupboard with extra stuff," Golden said.
It's where her giving spirit was born and part of what brought her to, "Hi Mom, I Am Home," a nonprofit family advocacy agency that provides resources to parents whose children have been removed by social services.
"We help them complete their treatment plan in order to get their children back. We don't just say, 'Put them back in homes.' We want them to be placed in safe and nurturing homes," said founder, Clara Harris.
"I was raised by my grandparents, so if I had not had them, then where would I have been?" said Golden.
This year, the nonprofit hopes to help 800 families. Right now, they're collecting backpacks and school supplies so all kids have a fresh start.
"We don't want any child to show up at school and be embarrassed because they don't have what it takes. We don't want them to have to show up with a notebook from last year that they've ripped the pages out of to make it look new. We want them to have a decent start, as well as any other kid," Golden said.
For Golden, there is no need too great to fill. She even carries toiletry kits in her car to quickly pass out to those in need.
"She sacrifices so much of her time because she wants to. She is just, she has a heart of gold," said friend and co-worker, Aly Eberhart.
A heart of gold who reminds us all that life's next blessing is one helping hand away.
To learn more or donate to "Hi Mom, I Am Home," visit the group's Facebook page by clicking here.
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