Contributed by Lori P., person served, and Terri Winaught, Recovery Services coordinator
St. Francis of Assisi said, “For it is in giving that we receive.” People who ‘pay it forward’ often find those words true.
“As someone who has known Lori P. for several years, I can attest to how generous she is,” says Terri Winaught, Recovery Services coordinator. “Regarding Lori’s generosity, I recently sat down with her to ask what motivates and inspires her to ‘pay it forward,’ as she does so well.”
“When I saw you putting together personal hygiene kits for the homeless,” Lori began, “I wanted to do something that would benefit the people who come here, and that gave me the idea to donate dental hygiene kits.”
Since Lori’s altruism also extends to donating personal hygiene kits and resources, I asked her what motivated her to give those items.
“I’m a very generous person,” Lori explained. She went on to say how helpful she thought it would be to provide fellow persons served with the opportunity to access free items, given that so many are on limited incomes.
“I think that every department at Pittsburgh Mercy should have a shelf with resources,” Lori added.
As someone who actively participates in Pittsburgh Mercy programs, not only by donating much-needed items, but also by her monthly contributions to the CAN newsletter, which Paths to Wellness produces, Lori P. perfectly exemplifies recovery principles and paying it forward.