May 21: Blessed Are Those Who Bring Bliss

Because of his cerebral palsy, 15-year-old Alberto Zambrano of Queens, New York, spends a lot of time in his bedroom.  That’s why the transformation accomplished by the nonprofit Blissful Bedrooms brought him to tears.

Run by husband and wife Alex and Martha Dvoryadkin, the charity relies on volunteers and small Internet donations to help redecorate the bedrooms of severely disabled children.  “If they’re going to spend all of their time in their bedroom, we want it to be a sanctuary,” Martha told the Daily News.

To help attract donations, Alex, who is a freelance photographer, takes pictures and makes videos to put a face to each story, then posts them on their website.  Zambrano’s room renovation, which cost $5,000, included a new paint job, a flatscreen TV, and professional wrestling memorabilia.

“We feel it’s our responsibility to give back,” says Martha, “and this is how we do it.”

Look for unique ways that you can “give back.”

As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as

good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

God Almighty, help us share beauty and goodness with our

fellow man, as You have done so freely with all of creation.

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