As we begin the new year, we once more begin our search to share stories of inspiring individuals and the organizations they run. This week’s #ServiceSpotlight is coming to you from Frisco, Texas. Andrea Sibley is the Founder of No Guts All Glory, a group whose mission is to serve others with their giving and make sure no one ever feels alone.
Without further ado, let’s meet Andrea.
Liz: Let’s start in traditional Smile Project fashion. Give me a “Happiness is.”
Andrea: Happiness is being able to give away what we wish would have been given to us during our time of need.
Liz: Tell me about No Guts All Glory.
Andrea: We are a nonprofit organization located in Frisco, Texas that provides care packages to patients who have recently had j-pouch or ileostomy surgeries. Our care packages include products that will make the transition from the hospital to home more comfortable when dealing with a new way of life.
We serve patients in two local hospitals; Texas Health Resource Plano and Texas Health Resource Dallas. We have also made it our mission to make sure that no one ever feels alone in their fight against Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, or colon cancer.
Liz: What is the driving force behind what you do?
Andrea: Dusty (my husband) spent 45 days in the hospital and had 3 major abdominal surgeries in 2018. He battled ulcerative colitis and ended up having his colon removed and learned to live with an ileostomy and ostomy bag. Through his journey, we encountered so many people that lifted our spirits.e feel that it is our call to pay that kindness forward. Having to battle a disease that deals with the colon seems to be taboo and we want to bring awareness to the people that fight the fight on a daily basis.
Liz: What does service mean to you?
Andrea: Service means giving without reciprocation. You don't have to know someone to serve them.
Liz: How can people get involved or learn more?
Liz: Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice to leave us with?
Andrea: All it takes is to have the faith of a mustard seed. (Matthew 17:20). We also have this printed on our t-shirts: “You Make Me Brave,” Psalms 138: 3.