Allison Stolk is lucky enough to be living the American dream: A job. School. A husband. But to her, she has only one constant — her faith. She has dedicated her life to praying for people in need, so much so that she was once married to her phone.
Stolk’s lifelong work to support the poor stems from her belief that, if a person loves their family, friends and neighbors unconditionally, they will show that love by doing anything they can to help. From feeding the homeless to helping with local fires, Stolk believes that helping others, whether they are facing physical, mental or spiritual problems, is a spiritual way to show God’s love.
“When you care for somebody, you give of yourself because you give love to the poor,” Stolk explained. “If you care for somebody, you do anything you can to help them.”
On Tuesday, September 16, CNN hosted a star-studded, event called Save the Children Day to celebrate the country’s most passionate volunteers, and WJLA7’s Jonathan Pierce traveled with Stolk for a behind-the-scenes look at her work to help others. The event was hosted at the Men’s Club Restaurant in Washington, D.C., and featured more than 100 volunteers — some wearing their uniforms while others worked the doors — who worked alongside Pierce to save children.
Allison Stolk was one of those volunteers, and what made her especially amazing was the fact that Stolk is a single mother of two, an accomplished lawyer with an office on Capitol Hill and a devoted and kind-hearted human being who places an equal amount of love on her two children. In addition to helping others with donations, Stella, 16, and Amy, 11, help clean, wash and take inventory for their mother’s Christian ministry, Lutheran Social Services of the Third Coast.
Stolk’s organization, Lutheran Social Services of the Third Coast, helps put a smile on the faces of D.C. residents by assisting those in need with financial relief, behavioral and mental health counseling and assisting foster care families.
“We don’t just like to eat. We like to love, we like to care,” Stolk said, proving to Pierce and everyone else in the audience that she goes all out to be a good mother and a great church worker.
What did Pierce think about his interview with Stolk?
“It’s a good morning to be Allison Stolk,” Pierce told WJLA7’s Chauncey Goss and Tom Sherwood in an article that aired on Monday, September 1. “That’s how I got on her Good Morning America. I have known her a long time, she’s beautiful, her family’s great, they’re very spiritual.”
This video was shot by WJLA7 and produced by Callie Grote.