Some heroes are among us, not wearing caps, but regular clothes. We cannot help but praise the people who do good and always give a hand to helpless people. One hero goes by the name Linda Herring – a person with a big heart, a shining light amid the darkness. She began fostering children fifty years ago and turned her home into a safe place for children of such profiles. Despite pure love, she gave them shelter, food, clothing, and everything they needed.
Linda never hesitated to adopt a child, no matter what needs they had or what gender and age they were. If she decided to take a child in her home, she would immediately call the Department of Human Services and make someone happy.
She was inspired when one of her friends started fostering children. Soon after, she realized it was all she wanted to do. Linda was so happy with what she did, she spoke with the department, and they agreed to let her take care of kids with special medical needs. If someone told her she would foster 600 kids over the span of 50 years, she wouldn’t believe them.
She told CNN: “My best friend was doing foster care for teenage girls, and I thought, ‘Well, that would be nice to do the same,’ but I wanted little kids. So, I talked to the Department of Human Services and agreed to take kids with medical needs.”
But she didn’t dedicate her whole life to fostering children. Linda became a mother to eight children, three of whom were foster children, as she and her husband Bob adopted from the department. One of those children was adopted at the age of three. Her name is Anthony Herring, and she told her story:
“I appreciate being adopted even more today as a parent then I did when I was a child. I’m forever grateful for the life I was given. She and Dad have both taught me that family isn’t determined by blood; it’s who you have in your life to love.”
Pure Love is What Linda Drew Her Inspiration
The love she feels for children is the biggest reason she was so devoted. Her genuine love and care made her feel obligated to do the best for every child she fostered. And when it was time to say goodbye to the ones leaving the house, she always felt heartbroken. She keeps a memory of every child who stayed at her home, no matter for how long. Every now and then, some of the children she raised visit her and she cannot hide the joy.
“I cried when the kids would leave my home, no matter how long they had been there. It was so hard for me to say goodbye to them. I always questioned, ‘Why do I keep doing this?’ because it was never easy to say goodbye to a child. But I kept doing it because I had so much love to give to these children in need,” Herring said.
She gave a big lesson to her children and now they are foster parents themselves.
‘No one had to worry about a child going without clothes at Linda’s….’
As she got older, her health worsened and she knew it was time to stop fostering new children. But her extremely humane job didn’t go unnoticed. She was honored with a resolution of appreciation, as the Johnson County Board of Supervisors chose her.
The resolution stated:
“The Department of Human Services would call Linda in the middle of the night to take a child, and she would meet anywhere to get a child. Linda mostly fostered young children with special medical needs and kept bins of clothes in her garage, stacked to the ceiling, labeled by size and gender. No one had to worry about a child going without clothes at Linda’s, even if they arrived with nothing but what they’re wearing.”
Why is Adopting Children Important?
Every child has a right to have a home and access to the basic needs in life. They all should be provided healthcare, education, food, water, clothing, sanitation, and last but not least – care and love. Unfortunately, not all the kids have these advantages, as they are left on their own, without a family or a close one, without a stable home. As statistics show, nearly 15 million children need a stable home around the world.
More than 400,000 children are in foster care in the US and more than 114,000 are waiting for people to adopt them. It is alarming how many children are out there in need. No child should be left without family care. Whether you are a family or a single parent that wants to have children, consider adoption. Now in many states, same-sex couples can adopt a child. Even if you are worried about overpopulation or have fertility issues, make one or more children happy and take them home. It will make you fell belter that you’ve made someone happy and provided them with a home. It is not good just for you, it is also good for the society you live in.