For Thanksgiving, Sam and Kacie Malouf, founders of Malouf and The Malouf Foundation, asked their five children if they’d rather go to Disneyland or do an O.U.R. aftercare mission. Each child decided that they wanted to do the aftercare mission.
The Malouf’s love to serve as a family. For the last two Thanksgivings, they have chosen to do aftercare missions together.
During their trips, the Malouf’s sponsored projects that have been needed in the aftercare centers for years but haven’t been done because of budget restrictions. Sometimes it’s the artistic, athletic and community outing opportunities that don’t receive funding or get pushed to the side at aftercare homes. The Malouf’s are very passionate about survivors having opportunities to play and be creative.
In their most recent aftercare mission to Peru, they supported two aftercare homes. They brought 100 pillowcases from The Malouf Foundation factory along with permanent felt markers. Each child at the aftercare home received a pillowcase and decorated it however they wanted. This ensures each child knows which pillow is theirs and gave them the opportunity to use and develop their artistic skills.
At this same aftercare home the Malouf family and O.U.R. Aftercare Team painted the outside of the vocational training center. The Malouf’s five children were eager and ready to serve even though it was extremely hot.
The family ate meals with the survivors at the center as well and created positive memories with them. They were able to encourage aftercare directors who sometimes feel discouraged with the challenges of the day-to-day and remind them that they’re not alone in their work of caring for these children.
At another aftercare home in Peru, the Malouf family and the O.U.R. Aftercare team painted the kitchen and the cafeteria. The goal was to make it bright, beautiful and to enhance the atmosphere. Both O.U.R. and the Malouf’s share this passion to help improve the quality of care.
On Thanksgiving, the Malouf family and the O.U.R. Aftercare Team took several survivors who were going to age out of the aftercare home to Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner, one of the boys expressed,
“I can’t believe life is this good. I just feel so at peace. I feel so loved. I never thought I’d get to experience something like this.”
After experiencing so much trauma, having the chance to enjoy life is something the survivors truly appreciate.
The Malouf’s also generously provided iPads and mattresses for the survivors. Both the iPads and mattresses were specific requests by the aftercare homes. By providing the humanitarian aid the homes need, we can empower aftercare directors so the children see the directors as the ones taking care of them. When possible we buy items in the country we’re serving, but often times electronics are far more expensive in developing nations.
Instead of riding Splash Mountain and meeting Mickey Mouse, this family created opportunities for survivors to develop their artistic skills, have a brighter environment, and have more resources to learn and live comfortably.
The Malouf family truly came with hearts to serve on their aftercare missions. O.U.R. Aftercare director, Jessica Mass, said,
“If we have willing hands and humble hearts transformation happens. We all need one another. Through collaborating at aftercare homes, working hand-and-hand with survivors, and people giving their resources, lives are forever impacted. Willing hands and humble hearts are exactly what the Malouf family came with.”
The Malouf Foundation is the non-profit arm of Malouf, a premium bedding company. They are
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