Lauren Kinser is having the experience of a lifetime this summer.
The 21-year-old Elizabethtown native is in Romania working with orphaned children through Home of Hope.
A Bonner Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College, she always wanted to go to Romania but never made plans for it. About a month ago, she got a call and was asked if money wasn’t an issue how serious was she about going there.
Getting to know Tanya, Holly and Xela:
What they do together: Music, serving and family time.
Ages: 55, 37 and 14
Movie they watch together: “The Color Purple”
Pets: Xela has a dog and two cats
Mealtime: The family loves to get together for big meals on special occasions
For one local family, mother and daughter togetherness is a part of work and play.
Tanya Thomas works with her daughter, Holly Brim, and Brim sings with her daughter, Xela Klockow.
About three years ago, as she worked toward her degree in psychology and social work, Elizabethtown resident Melinda Riddle began volunteering at Helping Hand of Hope to complete required community service hours.
In her words, the 20-hour community service requirement “kind of snowballed.”
“It kind of got me that there was so much to be done and not enough hands to do it,” Riddle said.
The realization made her want to continue to volunteer, she said.
Pets: One dog (Pepper) and one cat (Smoky)
Hobbies: Kayaking and Crusing in her classic car
The fire-engine red 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Supersport looked like it just rolled out of a showroom minutes before. Its reflective chrome bumper showed no signs of rust and the hardtop maintained its deep black finish, almost as if it never saw the elements. And it runs just as beautifully as it looks.
For the past 42 days, my husband, myself, my grandgirl and her mom have been residing in a hotel. Now, up until this point, the thought of going to a hotel to relax, get away from the home phone and just have peace was always welcomed by me. That is until I had no other choice.