Walt Disney once said, “if you can dream it, you can do it;” my dream for the longest time has been to improve others’ lives in any way possible and this semester I was able to accomplish just that here in Tallahassee. Throughout middle and high school, I would volunteer at multiple organizations, with my church and family, that helped the less fortunate and I never expected it to make much a big impact on my life and heart. So, when I was given the opportunity to go to Veterans Village, to serve those who have served my country, I jumped right on it without hesitation.
I feel as if I was being called to this project, to bring warmth to these individuals who have served our country and make their days better by reminding them how much people, like me, appreciate all they have done to defend our country.
At Veterans Village, I was able to do what I love to do, cook. I prepared a Tater Tot casserole, which was something new, along with salad, and Macaroni and Cheese. Small and simple at home kind of feeling meals. Though this may seem like a simple act, I believe you can make a huge difference in some one’s life with small actions; and to see how overly grateful these men and women were for just a few college students taking a little time out of their day to help them out with one meal touched my heart.
With a passion for helping those around me, this project was not just another grade in the grade book but gave me as much joy as it did the Veterans. I have now seen my potential, being that I do not have to limit myself to my usual Christmas drive with my family but here in Tallahassee I can help people myself and spread the love and joy that life provides to many people around me. I know every semester when students come it does not just make an impact on those being served but the ones serving themselves. That warm happy feeling inside, to give, makes my day so much better.
I could not be more thankful for being given this opportunity and even though I may not have you as a professor anymore would love to join you and other students at more events yet to come.