What a transformation! Walls that were once gray are now splashed with color. The bathrooms have all been retiled. The brand new beds, windows and bathrooms are dazzling, but one of the most beautiful additions is a poem of Hallie's, painted on the wall:
"When I was younger, my cradle was the whole world. When I was younger, everyone talked to me and I talked back, but only in my mind I could see who I was and who I was going to be: You, because you took care of me."
On the count of three, Oprah opens the door—and the children go wild! The
girls love the pretty pink décor, and in the boys' dorm, the cool blue bunks are
a big hit.
Oprah expresses to the kids Hallie's wish that they have a better life. "Because of her we're all here today," Oprah says. "We want you to be very happy here, to study hard and grow up and be strong."
Oprah's special message for the girls of Kids Haven: "You have been through some really tough times. … But you are not what happens to you—you are what you choose to do with what has happened to you. You are what you decide.
"We wanted to create a beautiful
space for you because we believe that you are beautiful girls. You are beautiful
girls who deserve to live with beautiful things. This is just the beginning for
you in your life!"
Hallie's parents and sister, M.J., are delighted to see Hallie's spirit living on at Kids Haven.
"Just seeing the look on their faces! … 'You did something special,' Sofia tells Oprah. "That's the little motto of [the Love, Hallie Foundation]."
"This is exactly what Hallie wanted," Ted says. " What you did with it—what you created—was so powerful. It was so beautiful. It was exactly what should have happened and [is] beyond our dreams."
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