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Margaret Trost

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Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 11:14 am

When her husband suddenly passed away, Margaret Trost became inconsolable. She struggled to rediscover the joy in the world.

But then, a chance trip to Haiti opened her eyes to unimaginable suffering of the people in one of the world's poorest countries. Her heart opened open to the people there, and in return, she was filled with a sense of purpose.

That life-changing trip led her to start the What If Foundation, which funds a food program in Haiti. She's also written about her experiences in her book, "On That Day Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti."

Margaret says the people of Haiti need our love and help now more than ever after suffering through the devastating effects of the 2008 hurricane season.

Margaret says it's inevitable that we're all going to go through periods of grief in our lives. The key is what we choose to do next. She says giving back is the most fulfilling way to carry on.

Find out her tips for finding a cause that can open your life and heart to others. She says in return, your heart will be filled in ways you never imagined. 

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  • Posted 2:58pm February 24th, 2010
    So inspiring!  Margaret, I "followed" you when I used to be a Shaklee Distributor, and always found your words to be wise and inspiring. It's wonderful to see all that you're doing in Haiti, especially in light of the recent earthquakes there.  I'll google your organization to see how I can get involved.  It's wonderful to connect with you here, if even in an indirect way!  Blessings, Kate

  • Posted 6:48am March 30th, 2009
    Thanks for leading me to this sight. I do have her book and am about a third of the way through. I can only feel admiration, but I can only feel how both inner strength and beauty shined from Margaret and reflected on to those young women in the hospice. Everyone Margaret touch and everyone who touched her grew in a personal way through "therapeutic touch". That is a form of communication we, in america for get about with our elderly and sick. I truly admired what Margaret has shared because it encourage me to continue doing on a local level in LA. SHe feels we shouldn't be blind to those who suffer and if we can give, the opportunities and sense of belief in all mankind can be spread. She is a remarkable woman and I am gad to know her and to have experienced her journey through he book. God Bless you Margaret Trost. The love you spread and the therapeutic touch shall spread beyond your mission. In conclusion, her book influenced some of the choices I have made involving volunteering and just saying hello to someone. Cheryl Pivar. RN BSN MBA

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