I remember my Grandma, Charlotte Gallegos pulling my sister and I aside when I was 14 to talk about her funeral. This was 10 years ago, and I was really sad that she was talking about it when it seemed so far away. My grandma said, "When I die, I don't want flowers. Don't waste your money on flowers. I want you to donate to a charity, like American Red Cross instead."
My grandma passed away this past Friday, April 4, 2019, ten years after she told me that . She had fought so hard her entire life up until the last second-- she was a survivor. She survived Nazi Germany during one of the most horrifying times in modern history. I can't imagine what she she went through.
After the war, she raised 12 beautiful children and currently has 33 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren . Her legacy is so large and I want to honor her wish she made to me 10 years ago and start a campaign in her memory. Anyone who knew my grandma knows she was one of the most selfless women in the entire world and had endless amounts of love to give. When thinking about the day she would leave this earth, she wanted her loved ones to donate to charity instead of buy her flowers. Grandma, I remember that wish you made and in your name I'm going to try and make sure we are keeping your memory alive. I miss you so much, sunshine.
You'll never know dear how much I love you.