Sixteen Wanderlust Coffees fans nominated coffee lovers who have had a difficult year to be entered into our January coffee giveaway. Timm reads some of the stories (see below) and announces those who will receive a bag of Wanderlust Coffees. We're all in this together!
We decided to not just choose three stories, but will be sending coffee to all sixteen people who were nominated. Here are their stories, as submitted by their friends:
lost two of his colleagues - one to COVID-19 - this year, and his 74-year-old
mother had a bad fall in the Spring, breaking her left leg in three places. He
has also struggled with the uncertainty of losing his job.
person was living in a dorm and had to quickly find a place to live when the
school was shut down. This person was also in an auto accident that totaled her
car, which left her injured and unable to work for a few weeks. Due to various
circumstances she has had to move several times. Through all of this she has
been working as a Nurses Aid through an agency and has been placed at some of
the hardest hit nursing homes in the city and county. There have been weeks where
she has worked 12+ hour shifts trying to take care of patients who do not
always understand why their family is not allowed to visit them or why they can
not leave their rooms to socialize with other residents as they once did. And
unfortunately also has to deal with an significant increase in the number of
patients that are lost due to COVID and/or loneliness. She had had to deal with
transportation difficulties using public transportation and paying people to
take her to work when she is assigned outside of the city. This person is a
coffee lover to the 100 degree. I have seen this person posts on Facebook some
nights begging somebody to bring her coffee to help get her through her shifts.
I know the times I have been able to provide her a ride to work her face lights
up if I show up with a cup of coffee in hand. Her preference is iced all year
round, but she will never turn down a cup of hot coffee.
person lost a co-worker, grandfather and neighbor last month. He teachers HS
and they have been in-person since school opened and has been having a
difficult time with everything due to all of the differences in schools this
employee who lost hours/wages due to COVID.
has been extremely challenging for her this year plus her mother-in-law
recently passed away.
is a nurse. Because she is single, she has offered to work with Covid-19
patients so that other nurses with families may be able to avoid the risk that
comes with this task. She has been working countless hours and lots of overtime
to help as much as she can during this very busy and difficult time in our
community and in the world. We know she is tired. Her favorite hobby to help
her rejuvenate is traveling and she’s been unable to do that. It’s also
difficult for her to get together with family and friends for any length of
time since she is constantly in contact with COVID-19 patients. Despite it all,
she keeps a positive attitude and is an inspiration to all who know her.
dearest friend was diagnosed with colon cancer this year and is currently
undergoing chemotherapy. She's as tough as nails, but even she could use a
is working nights and caring for his wife who was diagnosed with a brain tumor
in March. He has become her caretaker, appointment scheduler, shot giver and
medicine giver, grocery shopper, cook and laundry man.
the children at home while we do online school has been difficult.
- He and
his family have had an extremely difficult year with the loss of income and broken
equipment from their [businesses], health issues in their family, and then the
more typical challenges such as 2 children in college, new jobs, etc. His wife has
multiple jobs including working in a NICU and also at a university. This year
has been a challenge in more ways than one but they continue to help our
community and lift our spirits. They are always upbeat and kind to all. These
are the people that can truly complain but never do. Truthfully amazing and an
inspiration to all.
dear friend's mom passed away this fall. Due to COVID travel restrictions in
her state and where her mom lived, she was unable to see her mom before her
has been struggling with her health, feeling mildly sick very often and unable
to identify the causes. She is a musician and music therapist and just found
out she will have to get her tonsils taken out, which will put her out for 4-8
weeks. She was going through a breakup as well as having to deal with a
difficult friend at the same time, whom are both no longer in her life. One of
her friends also died in a car accident on Christmas Day, and she is attending
the funeral today when I submit this.
of 4 boys, unexpected virtual learning, working from home, and kids ministry
leader. Contracted COVID-19 and has suffered extended complications from the
- This person has been working as a public health nurse throughout the pandemic. She has been working overtime, usually 7 days a week, since March. She is a contact tracer, educator, and does her best to help people throughout this crisis. Most recently, she started giving out vaccines at her hospital clinics! She loves coffee and I am sure could use a pick-me-up, as I know she is burned out and absolutely exhausted from all of her hard work.