Anastacia - Gentle Hands Organization

John and Anastacia

She was malnourished, weak, and ever so sick.

Her mother was cold, disengaged, and unfeeling. She left her with me with no emotion. We couldn’t track down the father.

From the moment of intake, she was in someone’s arms. At first, it was John arms. The arms of a father, strong, and sure. Then Phillip who held her with prayers of faith on his lips. Then Jordans nurturing, loving arms. Brittany’s soft caresses on her cheeks. Even the children, Catherine, Cherrylyn, laid a hand on her and told her she was beautiful and loved. Colin patted her, “Baby, Baby,” he cooed. And I held her as any mother would. With hot tears of pain, worry, hope, and fear.We held her close and whispered in her ear how beautiful and precious she was.

We began to nourish her and give her much needed medicine.

I have few answers to the many questions that we all have. Sometimes, I know, help doesn’t come soon enough. And sometimes, there is nothing we can do on earth and we must let the angels come on wings of healing and do the ministering and the caring and we must let go.


I know this little one knew what it felt like to be loved. We let her sleep on our chest, and feel our heartbeat. We tried to make up for the year of pain and neglect she had experienced. We gave her a family.

Our tears burn as we think of how unfair and how wrong everything is. Our thoughts rage at the unjust treatment and suffering of the least of these.But, we let go… with peace… and trust… and hope… that she is with the one who created her perfectly.Her name meant “Resurrection”.

That says it all.

In memory of Anastascia

June 14, 2011 to August 4, 2012


  1. Paula Williams | August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Oh the work that you all do, so powerful to the ones who need your lovingkindness. Too soon, too soon.

  2. Zandra Hall | September 11, 2012 at 3:34 am


    Our company wishes to extend our help by donating in kind or financially. We have been trying to call your landline on the website but it just keeps ringing. Can you please get in touch with us or send us a response please.

    • evangraff | September 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Zandra. We’ve been undergoing construction both online and to our physical building. The building construction has disabled our phone and the online construction has caused us to miss your comment. Please email us at I apologize for our lack of response.


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