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Linda Shares Her Story of Hope!

Born and raised in Smith County, Linda and her husband returned after spending 27 years in Nashville raising their two sons. Now known affectionately as “Mama Linda” by members of her church, she’s a role model of resiliency and determination.

Over the course of her career, Linda worked hard at two jobs managing both a retail store and a drug store. Then, she began to experience one challenge after another.

It began when Linda’s career was cut short when a car accident resulted in a disabling back injury. Then, her family received the devastating news that Linda’s husband was diagnosed with bone cancer.

After learning of the diagnosis, the couple moved back to Carthage to be closer to family. Here, Linda endured unthinkable suffering — the loss of her husband, followed by the loss of both of her sons in their 40s.

Linda’s faith and resiliency continue to see her through her grief. Amid her healing, she says she has found meaningful community that has helped her along the way — including friends like you.

Now, Linda is 74 and lives alone. The support she receives from Second Harvest is essential to her well-being. At the Carson Maxwell Livestock Arena in Carthage, Linda gratefully receives food from Second Harvest.

“It’s a miracle to have this food,” Linda shares.

To donors like you, Linda says, “This is a blessing, and I am so thankful. It’s amazing seeing all the people out here helping and serving.”

We echo Linda’s sentiment and can’t thank you enough for being a partner in our shared vision of a hunger-free Middle and West Tennessee.

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