posted on Dec, 7 2004 @ 08:55 PM
One week ago, Devi Faris-Cifelli relied on donations to provide a burial service for babies who passed away without any means of a formal burial. When
her phone rang, instead of hearing that another small casket needed be ordered, she heard "you have won 27 million dollars!" Faris-Cifelli helped
win passage of the Safe Haven law and has made it her life's work to spread the word that scared and confused parents should drop their newborns at
firehouses and hospitals rather than abandon them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All too often, the ring of Debi Faris-Cifelli's cell phone means there is another abandoned newborn at the morgue, another
forsaken child for her to name and bury in a shoebox-size coffin under a white cross in the California desert.
Last week, though, Faris-Cifelli -- who has had to rely on donations, grants and fund-raisers to give babies a decent burial -- got a very different
She had won the California lottery.
The jackpot: $27 million.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Here's another feel good story. Call me "Dr. Feelgood", as I try to find the stories that make us feel good about ourselves, and others. In this
wondeful country of more than 300 million, I read a miniscule fraction of those who do not deserve to breathe the same air as you and I. Yet I am also
aware of the VAST majority who go to their jobs, pay their bills while giving up the little gifts we all like to but ouselves - be it a CD, a fishing
pole, a new toy just for us, yet never get one moments recognition.
This woman dedicated her life to deal with tragedy of a sort I'm not sure I could handle, frankly.
Good things really do happen to good people.
[edit on 7-12-2004 by Banshee]