CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Three weeks in the past, News 3 shared the story of 88-year-old Mary Clark from Chesapeake.
13-year-old James and 12-year-old Robert are gifted, sensible and gifted.
Both boys take pleasure in sports activities, music, know-how and video games.
“They keep me young, and they keep me going all the time,” stated Clark.
She is raising her nice grandnephews by herself to maintain them out of the foster care system.
After the story aired, a viewer was so touched she reached out to the station and requested to present Clark a letter and a generous gift.
Monday morning, we stopped by Clark’s residence to drop it off.
“It was awesome. It sunk deep in my heart. It has given me encouragement and let me know I’m not walking alone as others are going through problems,” stated Clark.
Clark stated for the reason that story ran, many individuals have reached out to her.
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Clark stated raising younger boys isn’t straightforward at occasions, however her religion and love for household is what retains her going.
She provides recommendation for anybody on the market struggling.
“The trials that you have in life – you may think that they’re hard, but they’re preparing you for a greater task,” stated Clark.
Clark is the boys’ nice aunt. She didn’t need them to be separated within the foster care system, so 4 years in the past she made the choice to boost them herself.
“I said, ‘As long as I’ve got a house, you’ve got a house.’ I said, ‘As long as I’ve got food, you’ve got food,’” stated Clark.
Clark’s brother is the boys’ grandfather. He handed away a number of years in the past. She confirmed News 3 photos of her household and shared tales about rising up on the farm in Suffolk. She stated individuals are shocked to be taught that she’s raising youngsters at her age.
“See, my brother, he was good to all of his sisters and the whole family. My mother told us, ‘You got to help one another,’” stated Clark.
She stated she additionally obtained assist from the group. The group Western Branch Philanthropy donated presents to the boys this previous Christmas. The group supplies assist to folks all through the group by means of donations.
“People have been good to me. My church family, my pastor, they’ve been just like a family to me and the community,” stated Clark. “Everybody has been good, and I tell them it takes a village to raise children, so I’ve really been blessed with that.”
Clark stated she focuses on the issues which might be essential to her.
“We have love for God first, ourselves second, then our family and our friends. We have got to love everybody,” stated Clark.