Everyday People Making a Difference
Wayne and Suzanne Gibbons have always volunteered in their churches and their communities. She taught English as a Second Language to immigrants, he helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Together they've collected food, clothes and furniture for those who need it and volunteered at soup kitchens.
"Like everyone else, we haven't had a perfect life. We've had our ups and downs, but we've been blessed and now want to make sure we're doing what really matters," said Wayne, a retired Air Force Sargeant.
Suzanne and Wayne, both 67, recently updated their will and made a bequest to the Diocese of Colorado Springs to be used for very specific purposes- providing financial assistance to the poorest parish in the diocese, helping the elderly who have no one to care for them, and supporting Right to Life activities.
"There are older people who are alone and sick. They have no one to advocate for them. No one who visits them," said Suzanne, a former teacher. "Jesus taught us to help and by making a bequest to the Church, that helps."
The Gibbonses hope other people realize how easy it is to include a bequest in their estate plans, a term Suzanne thinks sounds "like it's not for everyone."
"But it is," said Suzanne. "Even if you're like us, middle class people on a fixed income-what you have-that's your estate."
"People put off making a will," said Wayne. "But it's important to make a plan and it feels good to know that what you've worked for will be put to good use."
Married since July 20, 1969 (the day before Apollo 11 landed on the moon), Suzanne and Wayne have two grown daughters and have lived in Colorado Springs since 1989. They met in 1965 while attending a Methodist college in Indiana.
"We were two Catholic kids in the Newman Club," said Suzanne.
"I thought to myself, she looks very interesting," said Wayne.