(AMH 2020 student)
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. (Maya Angelou)
So many people in this world want to be recognized for changing the world, but little do they know they could change the world of an Individual. Community service and offering a helping hand is not about being recognized for your good doings, but it is about knowing what it feels like to be the reason for someone’s smile that may be going through a hard time. Like Maya Angelou so brilliantly states, what you did might not always be remembered, but how you make someone feel is the sole purpose for helping someone in need.
For my service project, I mailed a box to Afghanistan because it was something that I had never had the opportunity to do before and something that people often forget about when they think of charitable contributions. When I think about participating in service projects, I often think about providing for the homeless or needy individuals who are down on their luck; or helping to build houses for those who lost their homes or need shelter. Sending care packages to the men and women fighting for our country often slips my mind. The people overseas are certainly people that we should keep in mind year-round, but especially over the holidays.
Many of them are not able to come home during this time and it is important to let them know that there are people thinking about them. There are no words to express the gratitude that I have for what these individuals do every single day and the least I can do is send a care package to thank them for their service and for fighting for our freedom as Americans. I would like to participate in other projects, in the future, that help the people that are fighting for our country.
Most years I mainly just take part in outreach programs such as Manna Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity. Manna Food Bank and Meals on Wheels are both nonprofit organizations that provide food for people in need. Habitat for Humanity is an organization that builds homes for people and there is a Habitat for Humanity Restore which sells furniture, appliances, home accessories etc. at a discounted price. Last year I worked in the Habitat Restore and just seeing the smiles from mothers and fathers that would come and go, knowing that they could afford something for their kids in the store, made every minute that I spent there worthwhile. Customers could not believe that they could afford so many different items in the store and they always left with a smile on their face. Participating in these organizations has been a very fulfilling privilege, but I thought that it would be a good opportunity to part take in something different and mail a box to Afghanistan for my service project in American History.
One of the main core values that I hold close to heart is compassion. Sometimes it is hard for people to get away from their busy lives in order to lend a hand to those who need it, but I think it adds an important aspect to life to be able to give something. There are many things that people can give; money, furniture, clothing…but the most valuable thing that a person can give is compassion to others.
Most people would be surprised how much they could turn someone’s day around just by showing them that you care enough to lend them a small portion of your time. It is more important than ever to spread love and positive vibes with all of the turmoil happening in the world and I think the best thing that we can do is just show one another love. Sometimes it can be difficult to see the good in the world, but when disasters happen somehow we always manage to pull each other out of the hard times and that is exactly what we need right now.
My current major is declared in business but I am not sure that that is what I want to do. I really just want to help people in any way that I can. Whenever I am going through a hard time, to help myself get through it, I always think about how much worse that my situation could be. I am healthy, have a roof over my head, I am getting an education and, most importantly, I am alive. Then I think about all of the people in this world that are not healthy, have no shelter, and couldn’t ever dream of getting an education. There are so many people that need help. I know that I cannot change the world, but if I could even change one person’s world that would mean everything to me. I think that I am leaning towards a major in Social Work, maybe even overseas. I know this is a very mentally challenging career, but I also know that it would be extremely fulfilling. Each day I would know that I could be helping someone and potentially changing their life for the better.Like Maya Angelou asserted: it’s not always about what you say or what you do, it’s about how you make someone feel. That feeling is the same feeling that I get when I know that I made a difference in someone’s day. Mailing a box to Afghanistan and picturing how happy that person will be when he opens all of his packages is what it’s all about. I know that the soldier will not be home for the holidays and it was important to me to send my love and let him know that there are people sending prayers and thinking about him. It is not difficult to take 2 minutes out of your day to do an act of kindness for someone, and in the end, that’s what is going to make all the difference.