Caring Magazine’s Latest Features a “Kroc” of Inspiration

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I just received the latest issue of Caring MagazineThe Salvation Army Western Territory‘s quarterly publication  that features themes of social significance and stories of human goodness, practical assistance and love. The summer issue is titled “All Things Kroc.”

Mrs. Joan Kroc had a passion for those in need, believing lack of opportunity was the primary reason poorer communities struggled to break free from poverty. When she passed away in 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army for the creation of several state-of-the-art community centers which she envisioned to be places of opportunity, refuge, learning and fun otherwise unobtainable for children and families in need.

To date, her dream has been realized in 21 U.S. cities. Just last weekend, the Kroc Center of Chicago opened as lucky #21 while the San Diego Kroc Center – the first to be constructed – is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The latest issue of Caring provides great insight into Mrs. Kroc’s life and vision for the future. Particularly inspiring is an article written by her granddaughter, Amanda Latimer, called “My Grandma’s Love,” where she shares with readers a letter that her remarkable grandmother wrote to her on her 21st birthday.

Applicable to all readers, Mrs. Kroc’s imparted wisdom epitomizes her own strength of character and life of service. Enjoy reading!

My Dearest Amanda,

As you approach adulthood you already realize that many joys and some disappointments will come to you on life’s journey. You can learn to fortify yourself for whatever life holds by thinking pure and positive thoughts.

Remember the men and women who accomplish things in this world today are those who remain strong in the face of adversity and vow not to be defeated. You will be amazed and delighted with the happiness that can come from the most unexpected sources.

Be a carrier of joy, dear Amanda. Your name is one of grace and cheer and you are by nature a giver of love. Don’t ever be embarrassed to receive it.

Jesus asks us to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I want you to believe that a life of service is a happy one to lead. Serve others joyously and your reward will be great; carry with you the message of charity and brotherly love.

Love your fellow man—keep hate out of your soul. It has soured the lives of many who could have been messengers of joy.

Mrs. Joan Kroc

You will find that when all have failed to please you and your soul is tired and hungry for sympathy, joy may be found between the covers of a good book.

Fortunately, you are living in the “age of women,” therefore, I ask of you—amount to something.

Vow to be more than a parlor ornament; vow to be something that will place your name among the annals of the givers. You possess the talents far above those possessed by the average young woman. Develop them; let your light shine as a beacon to guide others unto the path of serenity and stewardship.

Dream of great things to come and vow to be ready to receive them when they do come.

Be just, be generous, be kind to those around you so that when dark comes you will have plenty of friends that will help you bear your troubles.

Your Grandma Joan loves you dearly. I am ambitious for you and will help you as far as you will let me.

May God bless my dear Amanda and keep her strong in body mind and spirit. He will help you to take advantage of your wonderful and loving attributes.

Grandma Joan


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6 Comments on “Caring Magazine’s Latest Features a “Kroc” of Inspiration

  1. Hi Megan,
    How can i get in touch with you for follow-up questions?


  2. My name is William ,in 2006 I as a homeless man reported Seattle Police officers wrongful arrest/jailing of me for crime ‘I’ was victim of.Case was dismissed later due to this info.Officers I reported ,as I can IRREFUTABLY PROVE retaliated for my reporting their misconduct by staging and having me wrongly convicted of strongarm robbery a year later in 2007.The chief of police refused me help as did the police O.P.A.(this police chief was being prepped to become,as he now is,Obama’s national drug czar,unbeknownst to me at time.)I wrote every elected official from my mayor to the President about how I could,AND STILL CAN,irrefutably PROVE I innocent of this crime but I am poor and all refused help as does the media now.When I explained this to my State Bar to get legal help(as I’m poor and can’t afford to HIRE help)they refused me an attorney though they have attorneys EXACTLY for such wrongs their website shows.Justice dept refuses me help.As media were afraid to help I went to T.V. talk shows but Seattle requires a WAIVER to air such FACTS publicly so they can’t!I am attempting to advise the public of this obscene injustice which I can PROVE IN DETAIL.I know the Salvation Army has great influence and associates with wealthy donors who might help.Will you or your associates help me.I am a military veteran and son of a deceased Police Lieutenant.i AM BEGGING YOU IN THE NAME OF CHRIST TO PLEASE HELP ME as your fellow American/fellow human being.GOD bless!I live at :3721 S Pilgrim St Seattle Washington 98118—My phone is (206)641-4298—-Bear in mind that in order to illegally retaliate against me this way AS I CAN PROVE OCCURRED,these ROGUE/CROOKED officers had to ILLEGALLY coerce,as they did,via THREATS and INTIMIDATION 2 associates of mine to sign fabricated statements against me(or be their NEXT innocent target!).Further, they KNOWINGLY used this fabricated evidence to wrongly convict me IN OUR PUBLIC COURTS.TRANSLATION:they committed FELONY OFFENCES against me,those friends of mine,AND ALL AMERICANS WHO ARE THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF OUR COURTS!(YOU included!).How does the Ol’adage go,’But for the grace of GOD their go I,(or YOUR SPOUSE,CHILD or OTHER LOVED ONE!).A great man once said;Injustice ANYWHERE is a threat to ALL JUSTICE EVERYWHERE!For the love of Christ will you PLEASE help me.With support I can get the HORRIFIC,IMMORAL & UNAMERICAN INJUSTICE RECTIFIED.I’m BEGGING YOU!PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  3. In addition to my prior posting I should probably add that I am BOTH physically and mentally disabled.I suffer from irreversible permanent brain damage in the form of gran mal epilepsy as a result of physical beatings I suffered from about age 6 on from my police officer father.My mother shot and killed herself when I was about 12 as a result of the abuse we suffered.I was there when she did so.I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result.The illegal abuse the Seattle police have perpetrated against me continues unabated to this day.I can also IRREFUTABLY PROVE that just last year a man I believe these same officers contracted physically assaulted me,without any provocation,in front of 3 witnesses who summoned the Seattle police and reported this in addition to my own assailant fled before they arrived.The police refused to take ANY action even though this man,as reported by us all,punched me in the face with a fist.A few days later,the same man assaulted me with a weapon in front of a totally different witness,again without provocation,fleeing again before police could be summoned.Again the police and prosecutors refused to take ANY action so I sought a protection of the officers I reported initially(prior posting)for the wrongful arrest/jailing showed up in court to sway the presiding magistrate,via whispered conversation I objected to to no avail,to refuse me a protection order which he did.days later this assailant attacked me again, and having no protection from the police or prosecutors or courts,I defended myself and defeated him.Responding police arrested/jailed/convicted me of assault. I can IRREFUTABLY PROVE these ASSERTIONS also.Will ANY of my fellow Americans PLEASE HELP ME?Do to my violent upbringing,the abuse I’ve suffered,and my disfunctional family and my being homeless and my severely impaired memory I do not know if any of my sibling are alive,or would even care!they were not like the typical family members one imagines!Some had like mental disabilities.Can ANYBODY help me to obtain some justice and end the abuse I suffer on a daily basis here?PLEASE!All I need is for SOMEONE to help me legally to hold these people accountable for things I can PROVE!Oh yeah, when Seattle Police were being investigated,and found GUILTY,by Justice Dept for like HEINOUS,IMMORAL abuses of citizens rights,I asked them for help with the STAGED robbery I can(and could at that time)prove.Jenny Durkin the U.S.Attorney in Seattle who investigated the Seattle Police REFUSED me ANY HELP AT ALL.Is there ANYONE who can help me to afford legal help for these ungodly abuses?Please,PLEASE will my fellow Americans help me.Or short of any of those, I’ll settle for ANY of my fellow HUMAN BEINGS help!PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!William Hardee Cross III–3721 S Pilgrim St., Seattle,WA 98118 —Phone(206)641-4298————–God Bless anyone human enough to help me FINALLY end this NIGHTMARE!

  4. Oh and just for the curious,the man whom I was convicted of strongarm robbing was Gary Dean Grosse whom Sattle Police FORCED to sign a statement to this effect.Allegedly I robbed him,or tried to rob him of the portable C.D. player he carries every since he bought it at the second hand thrift store Value Village for about $2.00.Gary was my best friend at the time.In as much as I was forbidden to see him for several years AFTER I allegedly robbed him we drifted apart in closeness.He is however STILL my friend and able to attest to the fact that I NEVER robbed him.Nor have I EVER owned nor desired to own ANY portable C.D. player as anyone who knows me can attest.But ODDLY enough I have NEVER been able to get ANYONE to ask him whether or not I robbed him!As the police officers who STAGED that FAKE felony robbery purported that they witnessed the robbery and had(ILLEGALLY COERCED)statements to that effect(one from Gary and one from another of our associates)the ONLY people who would attend any court trial were me,a poor homeless man,and 2 uniformed CROOKED Seattle Policemen.i was told by my public defender that in light of those FACTS if I didn’t plead guilty WRONGLY I would SURELY BE SENT TO PRISON FOR YEARS!I had NO CHOICE therefore but to plead guilty and report these FACTS to the judge after my release from custody–6 months in JAIL.So I have gone and reported this to the trial judge.He has FAILED to get back to me to this day! If anyone will help me i need an attorney,but if you can’t afford that I will settle for making photocopies of these statements and mailing them to prominent persons who may be decent enough to help!I am not seeking riches only JUSTICE in a country I SERVED OVERSEAS PROTECTING FOR YEARS FOR IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY SO INJUSTICES LIKE THIS WOULDN”T HAPPEN TO YOU!(and we will recall I have been PHYSICALLY DISABLED SINCE CHILDHOOD,yet I did not mind DIEING for my fellow Americans and OUR way of life!Will any of MY fellow Americans help me NOW in MY hour of need?William Hardee Cross III—3721 S Pilgrim St Seattle,WA 98118—(206)641-4298——PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

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