Howard has volunteered for Be the Gift since it began in 2008. He says, “Everyone seems to have a gap in their hearts that somehow needs to be filled. Helping a single mom family fills that gap in my heart knowing that I might have made a difference whether small or big in her family’s life. I enjoy serving others and believe that is what God calls us to do, all hearts benefit from serving. It humbles me to see their tears and joy from the given to the receiver and that’s pretty cool.”
Howard and his wife Dyana have been small business owners of a Masonry Construction business for 35+ years. They also run and operate a family owned storage facility in Loveland. They have been married 32 years and have three grown children and two grandsons. They both love to travel.
Bill and his dad own an equipment rental and Lynette is a teacher (of 5 year olds). We have been married for 30+ years and have 2 children, both raised in Littleton and grown up now. We live in the south metro area of Denver. We love to bike, hike and snowshoe! We’ve teamed up with another couple, Pam and Dale to manage the projects.
We first volunteered on a project and loved the work that was done! What a simple way to show God’s love to a person who really needs it! We find that joy every time we meet a new Single Mom and every time we finish a project. And, as a bonus we get to spend a day with friends.
It is so fulfilling to do some small things that will help someone else. Bill and Dale, especially have such a gift for this type of “handyman” work and a desire to bless others using those talents.
These single moms are kind of heroes to us! They’ve been raising kids and keeping everything together sometimes, for a long time. Our moms are so grateful and we see, as we talk and work with them – empowerment. Life doesn’t seem so overwhelming now that repairs have been made and one less worry has been taken away!
Del is a retired public accountant having served the Loveland community for 42 years. “Retirement means to me to be able to give back to my community after concentrating all those years on my accounting practice.” I realize now that a better balance of work and community would have been optimum, but at the moment……Being involved with Be The Gift is a rewarding and satisfying experience for me. Working on projects and coming in contact with the single moms at these projects make you count your blessings as to where God has you at this point in time. The reward (blessing) for me has been far greater than I would have ever realized. I think I was blessed more than the mom’s whose projects I worked on. Once your eyes are opened to the needs of others, your own needs become less significant.
Tom has lived in the Loveland area for thirty-three years. He taught math at Bill Reed Middle School and Math/Construction at Loveland High School before retiring in 2009. He currently volunteers at Loveland High School, working with students building a Berthoud Habitat for Humanity home. He has been married to his lovely bride, Melissa for thirty-two years and has two grown children. Tom and Melissa enjoy traveling in their RV doing volunteer work throughout the United States.
Tom does not believe the Bible endorses retirement but instead believes we are re-fired to do ministry. His desire is to encourage moms by helping them maintain their home.