Several years ago, our family decided that we had more “things” than we needed, and chose to no longer buy gifts at Christmas except for the children. Instead, we chose to pick a charity that meant a lot to us and donate what we would have used to purchase a gift in honor of others. Elizabeth’s charity that she selected over the last few years, is the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco Texas. Methodist Children’s Home is a ministry that her home church Salado United Methodist Church strongly supported with gifts and service.
Methodist Children’s Home was established in 1890 through the efforts of Bishop Joseph S. Key of the Northwest Texas Conference and Dr. Horace Bishop, pastor of Waco’s Fifth Street Methodist Church. The city of Waco bid successfully for the orphanage by donating cash and a 10-acre estate to the Home. Today, Methodist Children’s Home is located on the original site.
In lieu of flowers at her funeral, the family requested memorial donations be made to the Methodist Children’s Home to honor Lizz and the boys and her favorite charity. The outpouring and generosity from so many was overwhelming. MCH has received donations in their memory that total upwards of $10,000. Due to the number of donations made in Lizz, Fischer, Ben and Hayes memory, MCH reached out to us to come visit! It was an honor to tour the facility and witness what an amazing ministry MCH is to children and youth.
In the spring of 2013, MCH had their first 5K! What a beautiful place to have a race! A friend of Lizz and I participated. Here is a video from that very special day. The song is by Adam Cappa and titled “The Rescue”. Elizabeth, her sister Jennifer and I heard him sing this song in concert. Elizabeth liked him so much, this song was on her playlist while she ran. I thought it was perfect to illustrate this event!
After the one year anniversary of their homegoing, John and I decided to start building a named scholarship for Elizabeth at MCH. In the fall of 2012, MCH asked me to come speak at their annual Commissioner event and I had the opportunity to tell the story about my daughter and the endowed scholarships we were creating. Her story and her scholarship was featured in their Sunshine magazine (see page 20) that you can view here on their website:
If you would like to make a gift for the Elizabeth Herro Dowdy scholarship, note this in the memo line of your check and mail it to:
Methodist Children’s Home
1111 Herring Ave.
Waco, TX 76708
Attention: Trey Oakley, Vice President for Development
You may also contribute online at MCH Charitable Giving. Please note Elizabeth Herro Dowdy scholarship in the comment section.
I would encourage you to consider MCH in your annual giving plan. They are the hands and feet of Christ changing lives and I am honored that my daughter’s memory will live on through this organization!