“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” This quote, by Ellen DeGeneres, describes my thoughts perfectly. I believe this world does need more kindness and laughter in such a testing time. With the homeless rate still staggering, these are tough times for many. Because of this, I wanted to help someone out who truly needed it. I thought and I thought, however, I couldn’t figure out what I should do. I thought that signing up to help out at the veteran’s village for the teacher was almost like selling out. So, I tried to find something else. The more I heard about the village and the stories behind it, I decided that it was exactly what I should do!
I then ran to Walmart to buy some goods! When I got there I was at a loss as to what items to pick. I walked all over that Walmart, covered every square foot, to find the right items. I got a bag that someone could use over and over without worry. Once that was off the list, I figured a large towel to go inside the bag would be nice, so I got one. Then I was at another loss. What should I get next for a veteran who is probably as old as my grandad? Shoes! I don’t know what kind of shoes they would want though. So I picked some comfortable ones for at night. I then started thinking about what this person could be doing on a daily basis. The common thought I had was walking around somewhere. This is when I had the idea to purchase them a nice canteen, almost like a Yeti, to keep the water ice cold for the whole day.
At this point, honestly, I was still only doing the project for the grade. I know how selfish that sounds and that is exactly why it impacted me. I realized that it is more than a grade, this is someone who is struggling and truly needs help. I thought a lot about why I should be doing this and why it is so much more than a grade. What it did was gave me a perspective that I am used to ignoring. One in which could change my life and how I live it. At this point I was PUMPED to give this bag of goods to the teacher! I know I didn’t directly hand the bag to them but it changed how I felt about giving. It made me question what I want to do when I get out of school. How can I help more people? I felt great handing that bag in! I want to do it again.
In accordance with the happiness it showed me, there was a man who received that bag. With the new, shiny, canteen and he may have really needed those kind of shoes. A nice new towel and a bag to carry it in. The more I thought about the impact it could have made on a veteran living in the village, the happier it made me.
I am very glad I did the service project with the Veterans Village through you, Dr. Soldani. You have taught me so much this semester and I only wish I could take another one of your classes! Thank you for making me do this service project because it really turned out to be great and I probably would not have done it otherwise. “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”