“Here are the values I stand for: I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That is what I stand for” said by the famous Ellen DeGeneres. A very inspiring woman to me and many encouraged me to go ahead and join in on some volunteering. Not exactly going out to volunteer but volunteering into buying items necessary for the ones in need. My teacher announced a need of help for volunteers of whether going out and buying items for homeless veterans or cooking something up for them and taking it to them. But coming from me I am not a great cook, at all. Therefore, I chose to buy items they would need for every day.
For this service project, my idea pretty much came from my teacher but with that came a couple options in which she influenced or announced we should think about doing. It involved giving little gift bags with necessary items for her to take to veteran’s village in which homeless men stay and are given supported services. It’s a very nice little atmosphere for homeless veterans to stay but needless to say supporting volunteers is always a plus and great help to help out the village. Between our choices of purchasing items, I bought some bedroom slippers, a towel, a cleaning product, and a ten-dollar gift card to chic fila. Which I thought would be quite useful for them yet again anything would. Anything as small as toothbrush could possibly help. Going to Walmart was a pretty affordable way to get some of these items and they don’t need all that of expensive items because I’m sure they’ll be grateful for anything they’re given. With that being said, my friends and I agreed to do the same thing. So, we decided to give a bonus item as something different from each other, to switch it up a bit of course. Buying razors, shaving cream, and gift cards.
I chose this quote from Ellen DeGeneres mostly because she is very inspiring to me. I try to watch her shows when I get a chance and at the end of every show she ends it with a “be kind to one another”, and it honestly amazes me that a good amount of people have so much money and some don’t come to the awareness that it can be shared voluntarily. Unfortunately, not everyone has the mentality like Dr. Soldani in which she makes time to make continuous visits to the Veterans Village and not only volunteers herself but influences others to join, if they can of course. No one is mandatorily having to do this but it’s inspiring to know that one person can share their caring mind with others. I did it to help not only the homeless veterans but to make me realize that we mustn’t be so selfish with what we have and not take anything for granted.
This little but very important service project impacted me because I may view myself as being a busy person but to set a very little amount of time into buying just a couple of objects for the ones who need it wasn’t a waste of time. We all view our own lives and how we want that or may need that, and come to think of it, most of us have that option of collecting our wants. Little do we understand the needs that other are required but cannot have. So many people out there don’t even have a bed to sleep in or a toothbrush to brush their teeth. But since we.re so caught up just in our wants and lives, which is a bit understandable, it doesn’t hurt one bit to think of others for a little while. So, after the little distribution of items given to my teacher I thought why not do something on my own that could benefit the ones in need. So, I made goody bags! I made to giant goodie bags that included a load of stuff that homeless on the streets would need. I filled 2 giant zip lock bags each with a pair of socks (new), a toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, lotion, a simple hair brush, lotion, hand sanitizer, shampoo and conditioner, and a pack of peanut butter crackers. Just these little simple items which I could keep in my car and give out when necessary. I put quite a few items in these baggies so once these are given out I’m going to work on making smaller bags with less items to give out too many. I’m excited to complete not only these but many little service projects, so thank you Dr. Soldani for influencing us 😊