When the NB community steps up, it steps up!
Last week, I posted on Lorin Bass, an Alabama native and incoming freshman at Georgia State University. Lorin, at the time, was worried that she would not be able to pay her tuition the first semester of school, and she reached out to us for help. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming, and while she reached her goal of $2000 within two hours, she's since raised over $4000 towards her tuition!
This weekend, she wrote in an email update:
First and foremost I have to give praise and thanks to God. If it were not for him placing some amazing people in my life I do not know where I would be. I also must give thanks to Necole. I reached out to her on a whim, just to see what would happen. The fact that she not only responded but she took my story and posted it is simply amazing to me. Words can’t express the admiration and the respect I have for this woman. It’s women like her that inspire me to keep going and work to make a difference in someone else’s life. Through this entire process I learned many lessons and I want to share some in hopes that it will inspire someone else to keep pushing.
Lesson one: Prayer and patience can move all mountains. I got some advice a few days ago on praying about the positive and asking for patience while my problems are being fixed. This was some of the best advice I have ever received. Once I started doing that my spirit lifted and I found peace in the blessings I already had. Believe it or not I was about to take my fundraiser down the day before Necole posted it because it was going no where and I was thinking what’s the point? But I remained patient and miraculous things happened! Prayer and patience will get you through any storm.
Lesson two: Trust your gut! Always listen to your gut or your instincts. If you get a feeling that something is wrong don’t do it! No matter who said what or how convincing they sounded when they said it, understand that it is your life and you have to deal with the consequences of whatever decision you make. On the other hand, if your gut is telling you that you are on the right path believe it. I keep getting so many little signs telling me that I am on the right path I just have to keep moving forward. You do the same!
Lesson three: Humility makes the world a better place. All of the people that donated to my cause showed me that thinking of someone besides yourself can change a life forever. This just inspires me even more to give back and do my part in making the world a better place.
Last lesson: Pay it forward! I got this message so many times and I am a firm believer in it. Although I will never be able to repay all of you who contributed I will pay it forward and help someone else’s dream come true.
She also wrote on her GoFundMe page:
I want to personally say thank you to everyone that has supported me in this! I would not have been able to do it without you. I want you all to know that each and every cent is going to be put towards a good cause and when I make it I will most definitely pay it forward as so many of you have told me to do. I apologize for raising the goal, I understand how that can create a negative image and I am not a greedy person at all. I should have used my better judgement and followed my gut; you live and you learn! This whole thing has been a great learning experience for me. I learned to be patient, the true meaning of humility and to pay it forward. If I ever get the chance to help someone who is in my situation I will because I understand what a struggle it is to make it in this world. I thank God and all of you beautiful souls for all that you have done! May God bless each and every one of you in every way possible! If any of you ever need help feel free to contact me! Again I say thank you and I pray God blesses you all as you have blessed me!
I want to personally say "Thank you" as well. I was overwhelmed by all the love and support from everyone who just wanted to help someone who was trying to create a better future for themselves. You not only donated, but left messages of encouragement on her GoFundMe, and a few of you even reached out to me for her info so that she could have friends and mentors in the Atlanta area when she arrives for school in the fall. Look at God!
This has definitely been a very fulfilling, purpose-driven experience for me!
Anyone who wants to contact Lorin can do so through her Facebook page!