I want to share the story of an incredibly inspiring woman with you, Linda Anderson. I was both impressed and inspired only knowing a little about her life. She would never blow her own horn, so I will do a little of that for her.
She didn’t have it easy being a single parent for many years. Money was tight. She told me that she has always tried to keep busy despite facing adversity, but her faith has seen her through a lot.
In her forties, hopes of finishing college to become a councilor were dashed when she developed severe eye problems. When that was sorted out, she went to college and became a care aid. She found this to be a very satisfying career for many years as Linda loves helping people. She continued on until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. As they investigated a little further, doctors found that Linda had also had a stroke and started to develop glaucoma. All this in the space of three years, along with a hysterectomy and the removal of her thyroid. Linda missed the busy life she once had. She and her sister would talk about idea’s that she could do to help people with no funding. Then, when her sister passed away, as Linda says,” it really brought me to my knee’s, I knew it was time to do this.” After facing such adversity, a lot of us would not be thinking of others. Just physically, never mind emotionally, Linda had gone through so much. It would have been easy to take a step back. Even wallow a little.
What Linda did was start something called Talia’s Closet. A true labor of love. Linda explained to me how when she was a single parent, prom was a huge financial burden. She believes that most people want the best for their children and she wanted to give back. Talia’s Closet accepts donated prom dresses and gives them to graduating girls. She literally hand washes and cleans them. then hand steams them in her bathroom at home, one by one. The care and attention that she gives to each dress is amazing. Linda says that the community has been extremely generous. Talia’s Closet has grown from 10 dresses to 200 in 3 years. Also, they accept accessories as well. When I visited their location, on the second floor, at #209 in the 7- Oaks Mall in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, I noticed shoes, jewelry, purses, and just about anything else you could imagine a girl would need for prom. I also noticed that there were tux’s as well! The location is set up like a cute high end boutique! Just beautiful!
Last year Linda was nominated for an Abbotsford Charity Of The Year Award. I was so happy for her! To think of all the graduating students that have had beautiful gowns, because of Linda’s caring, loving idea is truly heart warming!
Linda told Linda told me that her Dad passed away last year, but she said,” I was glad he knew I did this, hopefully, they are looking down and smiling.”
I’m sure they are…
If you want to contact Linda you can email her at email@example.com