February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.
Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.
Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 4
Breeze Garrett – Moses Lake
Breeze Garrett has gone through some really tough times in her life. She always says, “You’ve only ever known me in crisis.”
What I see in her is something entirely different. When her first marriage ended in a miscarriage and divorce, she was devastated, but she put her efforts into working with a local youth group and working alongside teens to encourage and support them. She also continued to be a mentor to her previous step-children.
When she found out she would be unable to have kids due to endometriosis, she became a foster parent with her new husband, Patrick, and has cared for 16 different children in her home in less than 2 years. This last spring, they were able to adopt their little miracle baby, Levi. Breeze spends her days now as a caregiver to her 3 children—two of them being long-term foster children.
She also cares for her mom’s parents, in her home, who are elderly and in need of assistance. She gives herself fully every day to her kids and grandparents so they can have a stable life. From doctor’s appointments, family visits for the foster kids, kid’s activities, and being a part of her local church kids program, she is constantly showing her deep devotion to family and what it means to be a selfless and committed parent. She truly is a hero.
Nominator: Sarah Kruger