Areecia's mother

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My mom has instilled in me the meaning of being a "strong woman." She has single-handedly managed to raise five kids in the projects, and not once have we ever felt that we were in any way poor. In her most trying times she remained, when we, her kids, didn't act right—she sustained. And when she didn't know where our next meal was coming from, she didn't complain.

She has shown me what it is to know God, and through her I have seen the impact of what having such a wondrous friend can do. My mother has taught me that prayer is one of the most precious gifts that you could ever offer. I can truly say that my mother is my friend, my confidant, and although I'm grown, she continues to be my teacher. With all of my heart, I love my "mamma"!

Areecia White; Oberlin, Pennsylvania