A Heartfelt Letter of Thanks

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and take stock of all we are thankful for, we would like to share a note to the campus community from Sandra O’Connell, the human services student at Cypress College who lost everything she owned in a fire on campus earlier this semester.

To the Staff and Students of Cypress College:

My name is Sandra O’Connell. I needed to take a minute to express to you what an impact you all made in my life. Recently, I lost the most important person in my life, the woman who taught me about family and the importance of being a part of something bigger than myself, my Mother. All of you gave me the pleasure of remembering her lesson and so much more. You gave not only my home back, but also made me feel a part of a family.

Everybody who did whatever they could to ease my loss, I thank you. I will not ever forget your generosity. The kindness and love I received from you was so overwhelmingly amazing, somehow thank you is not enough. I also want to extend a thank you to your families. I know that there were gifts given on behalf of some of you. The RV I purchased with the donations is the one parked in front of the school. Please feel free to stop by and say hello, and allow me to formally introduce myself.

Thank you,

Sandra J. O’Connell
Cypress College student