Paramedic Lieutenant and 21-year veteran with Prince George’s County Fire, EMS, Pamela Graham, says giving back and helping strangers is human nature to her.
“I’m so used to doing it that it’s a normal part of life.” Pamela explains. “It’s almost like breathing.”
In November 2016, Pamela started her EMS shift like usual, but received a disturbing call regarding children in danger. She and her team rushed to the scene, and in fact, Jordan, 2, and Jhalil, 3, had been stabbed.
Several surgeries later, the boys had fully recovered and were released from the hospital, but Pamela wanted to do even more. After saving their lives, she went above and beyond to help the boys and their mother.
“I was in her shoes. I was a single mom with two kids.” Pamela said. “We don’t really ask [for help] even though we need [it], so I’m going to step up and do it.”
Pamela launched a YouCaring fundraiser to raise funds for the boys’ mother to stay afloat after relocating to a safe place. To give the boys a Christmas to remember, Jordan and Jhalil will visit Pamela’s home with Santa on Christmas morning. They will be showered with donated toys and clothes from the local fire department, police department, and first responders that helped on that November night.
So far, the fundraiser has raised over $4,000, but Pamela’s still striving to reach her goal. With the help of her family, friends, media, and public safety members, she is hopeful to raise $10,000.
“Everyone has stuff and it’s a time and opportunity to put your stuff on the shelf and help others.” Pamela explained. “Do something for someone else to make their holiday better.”
After reflecting on a house fire that Pamela experienced years back, she understands the importance of giving back after she was supported immensely by her community. Through her generosity and kind heart, she is able to make a difference by crowdfunding for strangers that touched her heart. Consider launching a free fundraiser for someone in need during this holiday season.