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Maylee Thomas-Fuller and Opal Lee, “Grandmother of Juneteenth”

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Love Life Foundation

Making Positive Differences One Community At A Time

Established in 1992, Love Life began as a grassroots initiative aimed at raising awareness about the challenges encountered by single mothers and children who suffer from poverty and abuse.

"We are a small organization with a very small staff, but our big heart for giving has proven that if you multiply with peace, love and kindness, you can change the world, one community at a time," says Maylee Thomas-Fuller, Love Life Foundation co-founder.

Over the years, Love Life Foundation has collaborated with various organizations, including Genesis Women's Shelter, Collin County Advocacy Center, CASA, McKinney ISD, Geary Girls Ranch, Hugs Cafe, Embrace, and Direction 61:3. The foundation also played a significant role in establishing community clinics and hospitals.

One of Love Life Foundation's most recent endeavors is the "Leave Your Hat On" event, which aims to assist individuals in the community who have selflessly given to others but find themselves in financial hardship.

The foundation has observed a growing demand for its outreach programs, such as the coat and backpack drive, and the Angel Tree initiative. Maylee attributes this increase to rising costs of goods and the rapid growth of McKinney. Love Life Foundation primarily works with single-parent households, recognizing the challenges they face in making ends meet with minimum wages.

Love Life Foundation's impact has been significant. Last year, its Angel Tree program witnessed a 30% increase in requests, mostly for necessities. Maylee emphasizes the importance of collaboration with other agencies that can provide hands-on assistance, and she encourages the community to come together to address the needs of McKinney's growing population.

To facilitate community involvement, Maylee recommends Volunteer McKinney and One Heart McKinney as resources for finding local groups and opportunities to contribute. She emphasizes that support can come in various forms, not just monetary donations.

  • Maylee Thomas-Fuller and Opal Lee, “Grandmother of Juneteenth”