Mission possible: How you can donate to the Harrison Strong Project
December 17th, 2018 | By Roger Kuznia
December 17th, 2018 | By Roger Kuznia
It is amazing what a calling can do for one’s life. It is even more amazing when that calling aligns with support to help reach your goals.
Kendall and Josh Mull of Lincolnton, N.C., felt that calling to help others following the passing of their infant son Harrison in November 2017. Born with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Harrison died after just 18 days in the Levine Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Charlotte, N.C., leaving the couple who had endured three prior miscarriages once again grief stricken.
During his short life, Harrison’s Story reached and touched tens of thousands on Facebook, and through it, the Mulls felt the overwhelming support of their community. It is from that support that the Mulls felt compelled to help other families with babies in the NICU, which is why they started the Harrison Strong Project that gifts items to those families, especially those who most need it.
“You could often hear their conversations,” Kendall says of seeing other NICU parents during her stay. “It was really heartbreaking. They didn’t have family, didn’t have any kind of support.”
Since starting the Harrison Strong Project in January, and through the continuous support of their community, the Mulls have assembled more than 200 “baskets” of items that from their experience, they wish they had at the ready during their lengthy NICU stay.
The baskets are actually laundry hampers (which the Mulls realized would come in handy for when these families need to wash clothes), and they fill them with pillows, blankets, snack boxes, hygiene products, leggings, jewelry, hospital meal tickets, a journal, Bible and more. Kendall also includes a handwritten note to the families, acknowledging that, “This stinks. There’s no happy way to put this, but we’ve been where you’ve been, and like, just keep trucking on. Even on the days where you think you can’t, just keep going.”
Yet as the anniversary of Harrison’s birthday neared and a party was planned in celebration, Kendall noticed that the supply room for the baskets wasn’t quite the way she wanted, and she prayed for assistance in replenishing needed items. Little did she know that Pink Energy payroll coordinator Julie Trivette, who has followed Harrison’s Story from the beginning and has become close friends with the Mulls, had asked Pink Energy CEO Jayson Waller what the company could do to help, and he responded with a $1,500 donation. Other Pink Energy employees combined to donate a gift card for nearly $500. It’s the largest donation the Mulls have received, and it’s already being put to good use.
The Mulls’ mission is to continue producing these baskets as long as they’re able and have the support. While the Mulls’ ministry started at Levine because of their son, it has grown by word of mouth. The Mulls are now delivering to Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte as well, and Kendall has even made drop-offs to families in parking lots, too.
As the Christmas season nears, Pink Energy wants to continue spreading news of the Mulls’ mission and its results. You can help the Mulls continue helping other parents of ailing little ones. For those in the Charlotte, N.C., area, donations of the items described above can be dropped off at the Revival Tabernacle of Lincolnton. Financial support also can be sent via the following GoFundMe page or to the Mulls’ church at the following address (her brother is the pastor there). Donors should put “Harrison Strong Project” in the memo line of their check.
Revival Tabernacle of Lincolnton
992 Startown Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Check Memo: Harrison Strong Project
“He may have lived only 18 days, but I believe that this was his mission,” Kendall says. “I just knew that I had to carry that out with my husband. We both had this peace and confirmation that this was what we were supposed to be doing. Just the positive feedback from those families, that was probably the greatest reassurance that we could probably have. With each drop-off, we’re more and more healed.”
In filling the hearts of others, the Mulls have helped to fill theirs. If you are able, please consider donating to their cause, and Happy Holidays.