I had the privilege of interviewing her in 2004. A great Cuban and a great American, she founded the organization to pay back the country that gave a home to her and more than 14,000 other unaccompanied children. Their parents sent them here, not knowing when they would see their children again, in the first years of the Cuban revolution when civil society was being dismantled, the church was under attack, and the state was sending Cuban youth to work in agricultural camps or to socialist bloc countries for education. Elly’s organization was dedicated mainly to acts of charity for needy American children. We have lost, and heaven has gained, a great heart.