Sprinkling kindness everywhere you go could spread to everyone around you, which is just about what the world needs right now. -Veterans Village essay by P.W.

(This is the last student essay from Spring 2019)

As Ellen DeGeneres once said, “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”  This statement is very accurate, especially in the world recently. Showing just a little kindness can go a long way and really make a difference in one’s life.
When I helped out at Veterans Village Dinner, I brought four packs of soda and was actually very nervous to help out. I had helped out with similar events before with my dad, but this was me going in by myself, sure that I would be out of my comfort zone the entire time. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to show kindness, but I am also very reserved and not social at all. I arrived at Veterans Village, and luckily saw someone I knew. Once I got upstairs for the dinner I was nervous about how I would talk with the veterans and make sure I was doing everything right. However, this came fairly easily, as I was in a cast. Many of the veterans asked me what happened, and when I told them I got surgery, they would show me their scars from combat and surgery and I was able to connect with them that way, which was really cool.
This definitely helped me use my core values in a very useful way. It encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone to help others in a very engaging way, and it did not turn out as scary as I thought it would. Being able to relate to the veterans in some way with my surgery was very helpful in getting me out of my shell and I could see the gratefulness the veterans expressed due to our kindness. I definitely have a heavy heart for people who need help, but it gets hard sometimes to communicate and help, due to my introverted nature, so having the motivation of extra credit helped me to really do something that I felt was meaningful.
I would definitely recommend, to anyone, to go out of their way to help others and contribute to their community and those who could use some help. It does more than just help the receiver, but it also fills the person doing helpful acts with their own sense of joy. I definitely felt great as I was driving home after the Veterans Village Dinner, knowing I helped others and brought them happiness. And even if you do not necessarily feel happiness after doing so, helping others and being kind can make a big difference in the receiver’s life, so sprinkling kindness everywhere you go could spread to everyone around you, which is just about what the world needs right now.
Overall, I highly enjoyed serving at the Veterans Village Dinner, and it inspired me to do more things similar to it. Even though I was scared, I went and served and was surprised at how much of a difference I could make in the lives of others, and the way that helping and showing kindness made me feel as well. Anyone who has the opportunity to help in their community or show some kindness should always try their best to do so.

Doing this helped me realize that I don’t have to do much to help some out. - Veterans Village essay by N.R.

Maya Angelou once said, “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.” Everyday I try my best to please everyone I come in contact, whether its at school or in store. I know you can’t please everyone, but I at least try to put a smile on their face. It is sometimes easy to get loss in the luxurious things that we have, but we always need to remind ourselves that everyone isn’t as lucky as others. This project with the veteran’s village really humbles you and reminds you that you are truly blessed.
When working at the veteran’s village my job was to bring a type of desert, I made rice Krispy treats with a drizzle of icing. When pulling up to the building I was somewhat shocked of where it I was. I saw some other people from my class, and I went to the room and begin setting up. One of my peers brought me some good food. He brought chickens, corn and sausage and it was seasoned to the tea! I was so amazed at the items he brought, I honestly felt bad because I fell as if I didn’t bring enough. We begin rearranging the room around to get ready for the people to come. We each served our dish and mingled a bit with the people. It was such a heartwarming experience to talk to the people and you genuine feel like you helped them in such an amazing way. After serving everyone we cleaned up and took a group picture. It only took about 45min in total for the whole thing. Just imagine doing that everyday and all it takes is 45min. Amazing!
Doing this helped my realize that I don’t have to do much to help some out. The skills that I have for cooking and making someone smile helped this situation a lot. It didn’t take much for me to put my dish together, but the fact that it fed so many people was truly a blessing.
I think other people should find ways to contribute because it really humbles you as a person, and it because it could be something easy and convenient and Ms. Soldani really showed me that. Some easy things you could do to contribute is donating clothes, volunteer at the shelter, and just giving back.

I did it once and then attended almost every dinner without signing up. - Veterans Village essay by K.N.

“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.” Giving goes along way and the thought process rather big or small generates smiles throughout. To be in a position able to help others is such a blessing . Serving the Veterans at the village was an opportunity I will never forget. Seeing the people smile as we served them plates filled high with love and to see their eyes light with joy made my heart beat faster. Knowing that we as a group ( there is no I in team) all came together as one with no differences to make such a huge impact on Thursdays , shows that unity is the key. Arriving early and setting up all the food and to see what everyone had contributed was a true blessing. As the Veterans came in to get their plates of food we worked together to make sure everyone received a fair share.
I have worked in the food service industry for more than 10 years. When it came time to preparing food to take to the village , I always prepared the food with love and passion. My skills as a cook allowed me to portion every meal evenly , to assure everyone received a fair portion. Afterwards cleaning was a ease , it would take less than 15 minutes to restore the kitchen back to tip top shape as we all worked together. When I prepared food for the veterans one week it was great, especially seeing them come back and ask for seconds. There is nothing better than a hot home cooked meal.
This was my first time engaging in this kind of experience. I did it once and attended almost every dinner without signing up. It became more than just an opportunity to earn just extra credit but an opportunity to help bear more fruits on the tree. The gift of giving is the greatest gift of all. To see how 2 of my teachers give so much of their time and dedication to help others who have served our country, its such an blessing and honor. To have the satisfaction at night knowing that you helped more than one person in a day , words cannot describe it. Everyone should engage and not just for the extra credit but for the simple fact that giving goes a long way. We all hit a rough spot in our life and one day you might need help. Never say never because you don’t know what the hands of time will bring upon you. Even over the summer I plan to attend dinners and continue to spread joy, just so I can see the smiles of those who truly are thankful for the fruits we bear.