Topping the movie box office recently is the incredible true story of Michael Oher, a first round pick in last year’s National Football League draft who faced a future without hope as a homeless teenager with few people in his life who seemed to care.
“The Blind Side” is not a story about football, or even homelessness, but about the hope that one family can provide to a lonely young person.
Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) can’t ignore the compassion she feels when she spots a young Oher (Quinton Aaron) walking on a dark Memphis street dressed in short sleeves on a cold evening. The wealthy Tuohy family offers Oher comforts he has never known before, such as new clothes and even a bed of his own. More importantly, Oher is given love and acceptance as he gradually begins to see himself as part of the family.
The movie chronicles not only Michael’s transformation into a student and athlete, but also captures the unconditional love that can only be found within the walls of a caring home.
We love a good story, and no doubt the warm feelings this movie generates is reason for its success.
But even better would it be if this film inspires more families to follow the Touhys’ lead of opening their homes to young people in need of love, support and guidance by considering fostering one of the thousands of children in Kentucky who might suffer from the same type of abuse or neglect that Michael endured.
Sunrise Children’s Services helps families connect with young people like Michael through our foster care services, but we are always in need of good, caring homes that are filled with the same kind of compassion that decorated the Tuohy home.
Today, you can watch Michael on Sunday afternoons as he lines up as an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. But know that somewhere in Kentucky, there’s a young person who needs the same hope Michael found.
This young person may not have the same talents and skills Michael possessed, but they each have their own unique potential and they have the same need for a loving home, loving adults and a hope for their future.
If your family would like more information about becoming a foster family, you can contact us at 1-800-456-1386 or log onto www.sunrise.org.
(Editor’s note: Sunrise Children’s Services is a faith-based non-profit agency that cares for children and youth who have fallen victim to abuse or neglect.)
Dr. William Smithwick
President and CEO
Sunrise Children’s Services