Sunday, December 9, 2018

Service Project: Emma - "I hope it reminded the Veterans of home or something close to it"

            “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” This quote by Douglas Adams really stood out to me. I am a true believer that money cannot buy happiness. Of course, money can buy things that make someone happy, but will only make them so for a short period of time.
            For my contribution to Veterans Village, I baked one of my favorite dishes that mom used to make- roasted broccoli topped with cheese, pepper, salt, and a dash of garlic salt. I made it because it reminds me of home and I hope it reminded the Veterans of home or something close to it. The holidays are all about giving and making people feel loved and I am glad that I was able to attend this extra credit event because I feel as though the Veterans felt the love.
            Though it was sad to see our Veterans alone on Thanksgiving, it was heartwarming to see what Dr. Soldani does for them. I could see the joy in her eyes that mirrored the eyes of the Veterans from her kindness. Doing this extra credit helped me use my core values because I was able to give to those who are not as fortunate as I am, and I became even more grateful for what I have than I was before. I got to use my values to do something good for people and it made me feel proud of myself for using my time to do good for others.
            While I was growing up, my mom was the type of person to always have food in the car for the homeless/jobless people we would see on the side of the roads. She ended up teaching me a lot about being a kind person and always be generous to others. I think it is extremely sad that kids in my generation are so selfish and that some will go their whole lives without sacrificing something for the benefit of others. People should want to give their time to help others because not only are you making their lives better, but the rewarding feeling you get after makes it all worth while. By giving to others and doing good deeds is how we will make this world a better place.