Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Every little bit helps! -Veterans Village by S.G.

For the final Veterans Village dinner, I brought baked beans and potato salad. I helped the veterans in serving the desserts on the table. I served the fruit kabobs, strawberry pastries, donuts, and cupcakes. When they asked if they could have more, I said we have plenty for everybody. At the end, I also helped the last veterans that came in to search through the plates for some of the food they wanted but didn’t get. It took forever to find chicken tenders for one veteran who asked for some. I helped put the leftovers of the food in the two fridges as well. As a side note, my food was taken out of its bag but wasn’t put on any of the plates. I was happy to give all of it to the Village because the coordinator said that the veterans would happily eat up the potato salad and baked beans.
            I enjoy helping others in the best way I can. I like helping out when I am not told to. I enjoy being a friendly person in every aspect of my life, whether it’s in class, at work, or at social events. I also have a respect for those who have served this country. No matter what war they fought in and whether it is justified or not, they laid their lives for this country and the country they were fighting for. Veterans deserve respect and that makes it absolutely no problem for to serve them in any capacity I can. When I was encouraged the veterans to eat more food, it showed me that I should be more gracious with what I have to give people. The veterans were really nice and funny as well; I’m glad I was able to help pay respect to their service.
            People should be willing to give their time and effort to aid other people. It makes you feel good that you are doing something nice for someone else. It does not provide monetary gain but it leaves you with much more. The hosts/people you serve are happy you took time to do good and that will leave a lasting impact on them. It may lead to favors or opportunities that could open up for you because of one event or multiple where you gave your time. Give time and you will be rewarded for it in the end. It doesn’t have to be time but it can me money, toys, clothes, or food such as with the Veterans Village. As every volunteer coordinator tells me, “every little bit helps” and it is and will always be appreciated.
 That relates to the quote- “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” -Saint Basil