Molly Crosby – California Nomination and Interview by Claire Plath Issue 20 Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Molly is a wonderful example of an inspiring teen because of how selfless and compassionate she is towards others! Molly and her family are very involved in foster care and have been for a while. Two of Molly's siblings are adopted and through her and her family's entire journey of taking care of younger children in foster care, I have been able to witness the pure joy she expresses through loving and supporting others in need. Her gentle, kind, and loving heart towards others is truly inspiring, and I am blessed to have such an amazing best friend in my life!
Image taken by Leslie Crosby
How did you and your family first get involved with foster care? We started foster care 9 years ago when I was 7 years old. My mom and dad wanted to stand in the gap for children whose parents were trying to get back on their feet. Since then we have fostered 10 kids and adopted two. All of them have been the biggest blessings and taught me so much about love that I didn’t know I had yet to learn.
Can you elaborate on what your role is toward being a part of a foster family? I have taken the role of the baby hog in my family, because when you come from a family as big as mine that’s the only way you get to snuggle the babies. I have also had to step up and take responsibility and help around the house for things I wouldn’t have normally done.
Image taken by Photographer at Disneyland
What have you learned from being a part of a family that helps foster babies? When you are a part of a foster family you learn many hard and many wonderful lessons. The biggest one being that you can never show too much love, because any amount of love shown is so important for caring and raising a baby. I’ve also learned and experienced the hardest thing in my life, which is saying goodbye to them. They are some the biggest heartbreaks I’ve ever had to experience. At the same time, all the babies have taught me to love and to not hold back on showing anyone love, because any little thing can change their whole lives. Tell me a little bit about what Night to Shine is and how you became involved with it. I first heard about Night to Shine through my church, and I’ve done it for two years. Seeing everyone there is so much fun and brings me so much joy. I saw no one without a smile on their face and I’ve experienced it with my best friend both years. Being able to see everything and getting to be able to feel the electricity through the whole room is one of the best feelings I’ve felt.
Image by Bre Meyer
How has helping others in need impacted your life? Helping others and getting all the opportunities that I get to help people is so rewarding. I can put smiles on people’s faces and bond with people whom I never would have known without these opportunities.
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities? If so, which ones? I play softball for my school, go to youth group, and through youth group I am on a discipleship team. I also am a buddy for special forces, which is an organization also through my church where one other person and I help the students in there whom have special needs.
Who do you find inspiring? I find my mom as one of the most inspiring people. She is always there for me to talk to and never judges me. She has been my rock and taught me so much in my life and continues to learn and continues to teach me and my siblings.
Pizza or Tacos? Soda or Water? Cats or Dogs? Definitely pizza. Soda, and I’ll always choose Coke over Pepsi. Always dogs. No doubt about that.
Molly will be featured in Issue 20 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!