Tuesday, May 19, 2009

St. Louis Residents Volunteer with the Pujols Family Foundation

Albert Pujols, star first baseman for the Cardinals, and his wife Deidre, are long time supporters of Mercy Ministries. Albert is widely regarded as one of the better players in the game today and credits his success in baseball to his Savior, Jesus Christ. Several years ago Deidre visited the Mercy Ministries St. Louis home and expressed her heart to help and encourage young women. Albert and Deidre have a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome, which has given them a heart to reach out and love children and families of children with this same issue. Albert and Deidre said, “We did not choose Down Syndrome, Down Syndrome chose us.” As part of their ministry, Pujols Family Foundations, Albert and Deidre host an annual Mother/Daughter Bowling Event as one way to live out their mission of ‘faith, family, others’. The event focuses on bringing together girls with Down Syndrome and their mothers for a special time of fun.

This past Sunday, May 17th our St. Louis residents were excited to volunteer at the Pujols Family Foundation Mother/Daughter Bowling Event at Brunswick Lanes. Each resident was paired with a mother-daughter team to host, serve and cheer them on as the guests bowled. The St. Louis residents had a great time helping the girls bowl and taking pictures. However, the highlight of the event was when Albert came to spend time with the guests, bowling, dancing, taking pictures, and building relationships. The entire event was a blast for everyone!

Here is what a few of our residents had to say about their volunteer experience with the Pujols Family Foundation Mother/Daughter Bowling Event.

Lindsay said, “Tonight was event that I will never forget! Not only was it amazing to be able to host these beautiful girls and their mothers, but it was so much fun to dance, laugh and be carefree with them.”

Lici said, “This was such an amazing experience. It felt so good to bless these families. Nothing can compare to the way that those girls touched my heart.”

Ashlie said, “The ‘Mother/Daughter Bowling’ was an incredibly humbling experience. To be around those girls and see the unconditional love that these mothers give to their daughters was similar to the love I have been shown by Christ.”

Jenny said, “The evening was probably my favorite night during my stay at Mercy so far. The girls were so outgoing and full of joy. I felt so blessed to be able to share the evening with those mothers and daughters!”