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The Della Reese Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Della Reese

Della ReeseGary Barg: The whole idea of Today’s Caregiver is to inform, educate and motivate and let the caregiver know that they are part of the solution. When I found out that you were involved with Faith in Action, I thought, “Now, there is someone who is just a living example of being part of the solution.”

Della Reese: The thing I like about Faith in Action, Gary, is that people do not know that we are all a part of the solution, you see. This is an opportunity for them to find this out. A lot of people want to help, but they do not know how. The thing is, what can one person do? Well, this is what you can do. You do not have to give up your job. You do not have to give up your family. If you have one hour, you can take somebody to pick up their prescription. If you have a couple of hours, you can take somebody something to eat. You could fix somebody something to eat. You could drive somebody to a senior citizens’ center so that they could be with people who think like they think and remember the things they remember.

That is so important, to be with somebody who remembers what you remember. You see, as you get older, the things that are of the day are not necessarily the things that are important to you. The things that you have been through and that you have lived through are the things that are important. For the people who live alone because their family is in another town or they  do not have any family, maybe the only people they talk to are the mailman or the lady at the checkout counter of the supermarket.

They do not have anybody to come and spend time with them. I have gotten so many letters about that. I have gotten so many letters about the people being trapped in their houses because they have nobody to come and get them and take them out, and how much Touched by an Angel meant to them because at least once a week, somebody was saying, “God cares about you.” Well, with Faith in Action, you have somebody there every day telling you that, you see.

Gary: You are saying the Faith in Action volunteers are angels.

Della: Absolutely. Most people want to do good things. Most people want to help. They just do not know how to help. We have been so disillusioned by the people who raise money and say that they go for things that help people. We find out later that it went into somebody’s pocket. We do not know who to trust; but with Faith in Action, you are doing it yourself. You see it being done. You know that she got help to pick up her prescription because you took her.

Gary: I know that you have gotten bushels of mail and email and people stop you on the street talking about how Touched by an Angel has touched them. Have you heard specifically from family caregivers how your messages have helped them?


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