Keep on Dancing, Rose!
Rose Gripp is a member of the Red Hat Society, The Women’s Connection and even belly dances to stay in shape. There is a happy twinkle in her eye when she talks about someone or something she loves. Rose is never at a loss for words and she laughs—a lot! Her good humor and laughter are quite contagious.
You wouldn’t guess it, but Rose has not always had it so easy. But she believes in focusing on the good in the world and in doing her part to make the world a better place. “Right now is the best time in my life,” Rose says. “I am blessed to have wonderful people who care about me.”
As a young woman, Rose got a job at the Sylvania factory making picture tubes. For the first time in her life, she was earning her own paycheck. Right away, Rose decided to dedicate a portion of that paycheck to helping children through various charities, including CEDARS Home for Children Foundation.
In the early years, Rose recalls being greatly moved by the story of a little girl who had come to CEDARS scared and alone. The little girl later became a nurse and then dedicated her own life to caring for others. A happy, healthy and safe childhood produces a happy, healthy adult, according to Rose.
“I didn’t ever have much to give, but I could give a little bit each month to help out,” says Rose. “Children are our future and they need to feel loved to be happy.”
As the years passed, Rose’s commitment to CEDARS and to making the world a better place for children grew. Recently, Rose met with Kristine Morton, CEDARS Director of Gift Planning, and stated her intention to give a gift through her will to benefit the children at CEDARS someday. In doing so, she became a member of CEDARS Circle of Life Legacy Society.
For Rose, it is gratifying to hear about the children and youth that she helps with her donations. It makes her heart happy to hear how they overcome challenges and beat the odds. She is thankful that CEDARS works to prevent child abuse and is proud that she can be a part of an organization that cares so deeply about helping children learn and grow.
Nearly 40 years from the time she made that very first donation, Rose continues to give. “We were put here on this earth to help one another,” says Rose. “It’s important that everyone try to have a positive attitude, be content and happy with what we have and always, always trust in the Lord.”
We say keep dancing, Rose! Keep loving and laughing and living life to the fullest. You are a shining example for all of us.