What if you were the mother of 12 children and when the youngest started preschool you wondered what to do with the rest of your life?
In the 1980s Mary Jo Copeland, a Minneapolis mother, found herself in that position. According to Margaret Nelson and Kerry Pickett, coauthors of “Saving Body and Soul: The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland,” she told her children they’d have to help more around the house because she was going out to share the love in her family with those who didn’t have that kind of love. Little did Mary Jo, her husband, Dick, and their 12 children know how far that decision to share their love with those in need would take them.
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