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Extended Grace Mudita Gift helps homeless

• Apr 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Shelbee Axsom had long wanted to help homeless people but had no good way to do it until she applied for a Mudita Gift through Extended Grace.

With the $500 award, Axsom filled 50 drawstring bags with hand and foot warmers, snacks, gloves, hats, cough drops, tissues, water, and blankets, and donated the bags to Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ homeless services. When she finished filling 50 bags, Axsom had money left over to purchase supplies for clients of Grand Rapids-based HQ, a shelter for LGBTQ youth.

“I came up with the idea a few years ago,” Axsom said. “I have always been bothered by homelessness and thought there had to be something I could do that would be truly helpful. I never thought I’d be able to do this project to this capacity, but then I received the Mudita Gift. My idea was transformed into reality.”

Corporate Cleaners funded Axsom’s Mudita Gift.

“We’ve served the Tri-Cities for 35 years,” said Mary Ellen Cook of Corporate Cleaners. “We chose to support the Mudita Gift program as a way of giving back to the community. This is a wonderful program that helps so many in need, and we are especially thankful for Extended Grace for creating and administering it.”

Mudita is a Sanskrit word that means “I rejoice in your good fortune.” The $500 gifts are available to individuals who have creative ideas for improving the lives of others. Applications are available online at extendedgrace.org/mudita-fund.

Extended Grace is a grassroots social lab dedicated to building community while solving problems. It has no religious or political affiliations. For more information, contact Barbara Lee Van Horssen at [email protected]

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