"Give the Gift of Hope"
by Frances Stone – Ms. Recovery Writes
In 2015, I had an idea. I wanted to give my book away to the women in treatment centres and communities around Vancouver, BC, but of course, books cost money and I couldn't do it alone. I needed help. This post is about how I asked the people in my world to help me give these beautiful women around Vancouver, BC the "Gift of Hope" for Christmas. It was the first time (but won't be the last) that I was able to give back to people at Christmas. This is the story of how I did that, with a little help from my friends ...
From my Gofundme Page:
Can I ask you a favour?
My name is Frances Stone and I have written a Creative Non-Fiction Memoir entitled ...
A Reflection of Love ~ A Different Kind of Love Story
It is my story of "what it was like" as an isolated young mother in and out of a fear-based relationship struggling with self-esteem, self-worth and addiction.
It is a book about LOVE. I want the women that have travelled a path similar to mine - abandonment, abuse, poverty and addiction - to know they are not alone. I want to share with them the Spiritual Experience that gave me HOPE and led me out of the darkest and loneliest time in my life and into the life of recovery, community and purpose that I live in today.
So, about that favour...
I am asking you to BUY A BOOK & CHANGE A LIFE by helping me reach a goal of giving 1,000 books as Christmas gifts to Women in Recovery and Single Mothers throughout Treatment Centres, Transition Houses and Shelters in the DTES and surrounding areas of Vancouver, BC.
I can't do this alone. I need your help. Please help if you can, it would be such a great Christmas for so many if you would!
You know those times in your life that you FEEL are important? This was one of them and I was justifiably terrified.
I was supposed to prepare my talk for weeks, but with finishing school, working part-time, co-hosting a radio show and single parenting, I was writing my talk three days before the event.
So, I prayed and meditated. A LOT!!
My stomach was in knots all day and I was grateful for the distraction, motivation and inspiration of the other 17 speakers helping me forget the fact that I was about to get up in front of ALL. THOSE. PEOPLE... people who I did not know and tell them the most intimate details of my life. I'm not gonna lie, I was thinking, This is a mistake. This is a HUGE mistake! I wanted to get up and leave so many times, but I really felt like I was supposed to do it—that it was God's will, not mine.
MY will is NEVER to risk making a fool of myself to be open, vulnerable and exposed. I have to work at being vulnerable, because I believe it matters to a woman suffering in addiction, poverty and/or an unhealthy relationship. I want her to know she is not alone and can overcome every obstacle put in her path, if she will BELIEVE in herself, a Higher Power, and in others.
There are lots of good people in this world, find one and be one. They are everywhere.
One of them is Charlene SanJenko, the inspiring woman that has created PowHERtalks A Ted Talks-Style Speaker Series for women that is taking women's events from inspiration to ACTION. I encourage anyone to take part in this a PowHERful movement moving across Canada. You won't regret it.
So here it is—this defining moment of my recovery—where I share my story, truth and heart in the hope that it will matter; to a woman still suffering or a person in a position to buy her a book for Christmas and give her The Gift of Hope.
I was able to raise nearly $4,000 dollars to buy books that Christmas and my friends at Westminster House, Recovery Society for Women, helped me wrap them in a beautiful way, with lots of love for our Sisters in Recovery. It was such an honour.
But the next part was by far the best part - when I got to give them all away! That was the first time since I have had children that I had something to give away. It was AWESOME and I'm SO GRATEFUL for all the donors that made it possible.
All my Relations - Frances Stone, Ms. Recovery Writes
Frances Stone is the Author of A Reflection of Love ~ A Different Kind of Love Story, a Recovery Counsellor and a Radio Co-Host of Talk Recovery Vancouver, a show about addiction and recovery issues, located in the DTES of Vancouver, BC. In her spare time, she does laundry and mothers three clever, curious and challenging little humans.