“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, and more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that”.
- Ellen DeGeneres
I love this quote by Ellen so much. She speaks nothing but truth in the quote she gave. There is so much wrong doing in the world and we as a society have gotten used to it. If CNN were to report a shooting in a shopping mall right now, most people wouldn’t even bat an eye. Most wouldn’t even be shocked. Crime and unreasonable violence happens so much it has become the new normal. We forget about there actually being good people in the world we live in. Even I myself forgot that there were still good people in the world. That was until I did this service project.
For my service product, I decided to do something for the soldiers that protect this country. I sent a box to Afghanistan for my professor’s previous classmate. When he was in my professor’s class, they sent care packages to soldiers. Now he is a soldier himself, and my class is sending care packages to him and his platoon. I decided to send him a package full of American snacks that you might not get in Afghanistan. I also sent him a card to let him know that despite all the bad things that are happening in the world, they are not forgotten.
By sending this box I realized that in no way shape or form did this act of kindness match with my core value or major. My core value was honesty and my major is information technology. I honestly don’t know how my choosing of my service product is related to my core values. I feel as if, just like Ellen, I wanted to contribute to spreading happiness and joy. There is nothing wrong with making someone else’s day. In fact by me doing this I felt 10 times better about myself. I had for gotten what it felt like to contribute something to someone in a positive way. This project was really an eye opening experience for me.
I hope that I sent joy to these soldiers’ hearts. I think by sending care packages to soldiers, we show them that we care and are thankful for their brave sacrifices. In my opinion, this act a kindness should be advertised more rather than commercials about the latest electronics. I think this not only benefits the soldiers, but the people sending the packages as well. It helps to develop relationships for one and second, who isn’t going to feel good about themselves when they do this. As for my school, I hope more people catch on to Dr. Soldani project. I think it should be advertised around the school and there should be a collection box for it on campus. This would definitely be a non-stressful activity for students to get involved in.