St. Ann's Catholic School is so very grateful for all of our wonderful supporters. This month, we would like to spotlight our very first Online Giving donor, Laura Hinchey.
Laura Hinchey was a Midlander for about 18 years; she currently resides in Arizona and Colorado. As a child, her family belonged to St. Ann's Parish, and Laura and her brother attended St. Ann's Catholic School. She received a B.A. in English and Communications and currently works as a Business Intelligence (B.I.) Engineer working for ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital out of Memphis, TN. She has a sweet dog named Jack, as well as lots of nieces and nephews!
When asked why she gives back to St. Ann's, she said, "Simply, I think life is about helping others. I think you should give back when you can to causes you believe in. None of us are where we are at without the help of others. I heard it said that no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has challenges tougher than yours. Giving and helping others gets me out of myself and makes me feel good. My daily worries and stresses evaporate when I am engaged in supporting another with their struggles."
"...he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Laura truly has a servant's heart, supporting numerous non-profits including Compassion International, Feed my Starving Children, Franciscan Outreach Program in Guaymas, Mexico, Meals on Wheels, Children’s Peace Project for Haiti, The Salvation Army, and local food banks. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, volunteering, hiking, and reading.
"Of all my educational experiences, St Ann's gave me not only a good education but also a deep sense of community. I had exceptional teachers, Mrs. Starr, Mrs. McCarroll, Mrs. Hellinghausen, Mrs. Smith and others at St. Ann's who always encouraged my interests and curiosity. I remember they would let us write and put on our own plays and musicals like Grease! And on a rainy afternoon before a holiday, I remember having all the classes sit in the hallways and having a teacher read the Boxcar Children to us. It felt like a big, loving family. I remember the excitement around the yearly St. Ann's Family Fair and helping out with making a cake for the Cake Walk Booth or Cascarones! I remember always feeling safe, loved and cared for not only by the teachers, but also by the support staff, administrators and other families that attended St. Ann's. St Ann's developed my mind and my heart, formed my ideas of right and wrong, and encouraged my desire to help others. I want that for other children. I want anyone attending St. Ann's to feel loved, valued and supported and to receive a solid education."
St. Francis of Assisi: “Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
Thank you Laura for your generosity!