This school year we were fortunate to find a volunteer program for kids aged 4-7. I have been searching for ways to get our kids involved in the community for a long while, and I was so excited to find this group. Unfortunately, Emi will need to wait another 2 years to join.
The above are from the first service project of the year which was a beach cleanup. Ten and Mia spent a good hour and a half making new friends and cleaning up the shore. Mia had a great time, and she has decided to forgo a birthday party this weekend in order to join the next service project.
This year we will be spending time painting murals, reading to dogs, raising money, and most importantly bringing fun programs to the children’s center in a homeless shelter. Also, I personally get to prepare mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce for 60 people for Thanksgiving, and it will be amazing.
My kids are extremely priveledged…extremely…and I know that. We live among the 1% and are within the 5%. So, I have to find a way to show my kids that it is ok for people to be on government assistance. We need to help buy people food, pay for good education, protect our planet. Heck if it weren’t for foodstamps and Medicaid…I would have suffered a lot as a kid….and here I am now.
So I have to find a way to show my kids that we need to have compassion. We need to serve others. Anyone can struggle and need help. That does not make them lazy or worthless. So, here we are on the beginning of that journey. Wish us luck.
“Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together”