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“Grandma, What Are We Going to Do?”

Cathy deeply cared for her three grandsons. Their parents gave them up to foster care. Their innocent question, “What are we going to do, Grandma?” moved Cathy to tears. When a sudden heart attack threatened her life, her boys responded ... ... Read Transcript


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NARRATOR: Kathy Giddings is the primary caregiver

for her three grandsons.

They've been through a lot together.

I had a heart attack August 5.

The two youngest were here with me.

I've never been prouder than I was that day.

The youngest called 911, and he dealt with all of it.

NARRATOR: Kathy's carotid artery was 80% blocked,

and she went through a major invasive surgery.

When she returned home, her grandson

stepped up to help her recover.

I've taken good care of them, and they've also

taken care of Grandma.

So it's a lot of love both ways.

Bringing Grandma to us back safe.

NARRATOR: The boys take great care

of their grandma in spite of their own

struggles with disabilities.

The two youngest are visually impaired,

so they have trouble seeing.

Given those difficulties, they're all brilliant boys.

They all do well in school.

NARRATOR: They've been a family for 10 years now.

When their parents could no longer take care of them,

the boys wound up in foster care.

I went to every court date, every meeting.

And of course, being the grandmother,

I didn't have a lot of rights.

But I was not going to give up.

I had three little faces looking at me.

Going, Grandma, what are we going to do?

And I told them, don't worry, God and Grandma

are going to take care of this.

Everything will work out.

NARRATOR: During that difficult time,

Kathy connected with a mentor from Operation Blessing

partner, Hill Country Daily Bread.

And she did a lot of praying with me,

went through a lot of this with me.

And I told her that if God wants me to have these children,

then that's what'll be done.

NARRATOR: In time, Kathy got full custody of the boys.

There's been so many times I've had to choose,

do I pay this bill?

If I pay this bill, am I going to have food

on the table for these boys?

NARRATOR: Kathy turned once again

to Operation Blessing partner Hill Country Daily Bread.

Well, families like Kathy, they're

living on such a small margin, life is right on the edge

all the time.

The box that comes in every other week

along with the wonderful mentor is really the lifeline.

I am so grateful that they bring more than just

a box of food to me.

They bring a prayer, they bring caring,

and they bring compassion.

My grandma's taught me that family means

everything no matter what.

Sacrifice the world for them, because she sure has for me.

I want to thank everyone that has donated,

that has put everything they have into Hill Country Daily

Bread and Operation Blessing.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart,

for myself and my grandchildren.

We are so blessed to have you and your family

and your donations in our lives.

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