A Heartfelt Journey
Loretta Merlone traveled more than 800 miles, from her home in CT all the way down to KY, to visit her two sponsored children, Kristin and Cody. This journey touched her heart – and changed her life.
Every time Loretta Merlone receives a letter or drawing from one of her two sponsored children, she tucks it away into a special notebook – like a treasure.
Loretta, from Connecticut, chose to sponsor two children in the United States so that they could easily communicate; no translation needed. And in fact, Loretta began writing to the children, who live in Kentucky, as soon as her Save the Children Welcome Kit arrived. They correspond about once a month.
Kristin, Loretta’s 8-year-old sponsored child, likes to write about reading, school and their shared love of cats. Kristin used to struggle in school, falling behind in second grade. Now, she’s ahead of grade level!
Little Cody, age 6, Loretta’s second sponsored child, has a particularly difficult home life and currently lives in foster care. He’s only in kindergarten, so he mostly sends Loretta his drawings. Cody, who also struggled in school, is now doing grade-level work.
Recently, Loretta felt compelled to meet her sponsored children face-to-face and to see the good work being done by Save the Children throughout the communities where they live. So she drove all the way from Connecticut to Kentucky, visiting with each child. “Cody, he is my little boy in my heart,” said Loretta Merlone.