In the heart of Outreach Christian Education (OCE), where children gather to learn and grow, there is a family facing challenges that few can imagine. Ashley, a dedicated volunteer, has stepped forward to offer her unwavering support to a mother and her three children, one of whom has special needs, along with the additional responsibility of caring for her 4-year-old grandson following a tragic loss.

This family, who also attends OCE, embodies resilience in the face of adversity. Both parents work tirelessly, striving to make ends meet since taking on the responsibility of their beloved grandson after a heartbreaking tragedy—the loss of their daughter. Theirs is a story of love and determination, but it is not without its financial and emotional burdens.

Ashley, a beacon of hope and compassion, recognized the family’s struggles and immediately took action. She understood that a small act of kindness can have a profound impact on those in need. Her commitment to making a difference shines through in every aspect of her involvement.

One of Ashley’s first priorities was addressing the urgent dental needs of the 4-year-old grandson. He required dental work, including caps on his molars and front teeth, due to cavities. The cost of the necessary surgery was a daunting $2000, with a deadline looming for the operation scheduled on November 8th. Ashley, without hesitation, worked with the NorthPoint Foundation to secure the funds, ensuring that this young man could smile confidently again.

But Ashley’s dedication extends beyond dental care. She recognized that the family’s financial struggles were not limited to medical bills. With both parents working tirelessly, they needed support with everyday expenses. The NorthPoint Foundation is diligently working to help alleviate some of their financial burdens by assisting with bills, ensuring that this family can find some much-needed stability.

Moreover, Ashley is spearheading an initiative to provide mentorship and companionship to the children, who have faced unimaginable loss and adversity. These young hearts, aged 9, 14, and 15, along with the 3 or 4-year-old grandson, have endured hardships that have left them feeling broken. Ashley’s plan to gather a group of employees to mentor these children over lunch each week offers them the guidance, support, and friendship they so desperately need.

The family also appreciates the importance of a Christian education for their children, and OCE has been their sanctuary for years. Ashley recognizes this and is working diligently with the help of the NorthPoint Foundation to ensure the children can continue to receive the education they cherish.

During this holiday season, Ashley is focused on bringing joy and warmth to the family’s life. She is organizing efforts to provide meals and gifts, making sure that the spirit of the holidays shines brightly even in the face of adversity.

Ashley’s actions are a testament to the power of community and compassion. She reminds us that it’s not just the grand gestures that make a difference but the small, consistent acts of kindness that can restore hope, heal wounds, and change lives. In the halls of Outreach Christian Education, Ashley is a beacon of love, hope, and unwavering support, proving that together, we can overcome even the most daunting challenges.

Natasha Rickel

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Meet our dedicated Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Natasha, a seasoned professional with a flair for strategic brand management and integrated marketing. With an impressive background in spearheading innovative initiatives for the largest privately-held industrial development company in the US, Natasha brings a unique blend of expertise in communications, content creation, and digital strategy. Holding an M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, Natasha is committed to driving growth and shaping impactful brand narratives. As a board member and active member of KC IABC and the Content Marketing & Communications Manager for NorthPoint Development, Natasha plays a crucial role in our mission to enhancing the lives of children in our communities.