Tribute to My Mother: Helen Anderson

Lovingly submitted by: Sara L. Vurek

Helen is my mother. She has always been an amazing example of generosity of spirit. She made many sacrifices to raise my siblings and I after our parents' divorce. She has reached out quietly but generously to many throughout her life -- tutoring ESL  students and those wanting to learn to read; helping create a community garden for a Hispanic neighborhood; providing support to an immigrant family in need; faithfully creating an 'emergency food resources guide' for Orange County, CA; mothering four 'birth family' children, plus seven 'step' children and too many grandchildren to count, and now there are great-grandchildren too! Mother has embodied unconditional love and given hope and joy to countless people.