Sometimes faith comes in the most unexpected packages. Lillie Causy of Hammond, Louisiana had lost her home to the recent flooding before arriving at a nearby shelter following an unexpected visit to the hospital.
“I was having a horrible anxiety attack,” she recalls. “With everything that had happened, I just couldn’t work through it. Then Faith came to me.”
Faith came with warm brown eyes, a furry coat and a wagging tail.
“Faith has been bringing hope to folks in need since she first started training at nine weeks old,” explained Carol Janssens, a volunteer with the American Red Cross and handler for the therapy dog. “She’s a typical Labrador…..loves people, but especially kids.”
“Every time Faith visits now, she heads right for me and plops her head in my lap and gives me kisses,” Causy explains. “She seems to know just what I need. A little bit of Faith and I’m calm and peaceful – she’s my furry angel.”
Faith and other “non-furry” volunteers continue to reach out into the affected communities offering support, food, water and a safe place to sleep.
Photo by Charolette Rodriguez: Lillie Causy receives kisses from Faith, her favorite Red Cross volunteer.