Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Our simple act of kindness put a smile on their face and I could tell that they were grateful - Veterans Village by LM

“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
As a member of the Women’s Missionary Society at my church service is nothing new to me.  I had been trying to be a part of the Veterans mission from the start of class but my schedule would always seem to get in the way.  As I walked up the stars at the Veterans Village, I could see the veterans waiting outside their apartments.  The day I volunteered, I bought pound cake and cheesecake.  There is nothing like something sweet to melt in your mouth after dinner so me along with two other students worked together filling to-go trays with sweet treats.  As they picked up their meal, they stopped by our table where I was standing to greet them and to pass out a tray full of sweet treats.
This experience has helped me use my core values and skills in a meaningful way because it is always a pleasure to help others.  I feel blessed when I am able to help someone.  Our simple act of kindness put a smile on their face and I could tell that they were grateful.  As the administrator of the facility gave us a small tour, a sense of compassion fell on my heart and it made me want to do more, to give more; so before I left I made sure to grab her business card as I wanted to make the Veterans Village a part of my mission at church.    
Deuteronomy 15:10 says “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.  You never know what someone has been through or their situation.  Everyone has a story to tell.  Their story could help other that have been in the same or similar situation.   People should find ways to contribute because it is very rewarding for you and you do not know what impact it will have on someone’s life.  It does not take much except time and a willing heart.  I would like to incorporate the Veterans Village into the ministry my church missionary.  My overall experience was nothing short of amazing.  It really opened my eyes as to how blessed we are.  I feel that people who are willing to help other are angels.  I know that my mission to volunteer for the Veterans Village was appreciated.  There is nothing like feeling accomplished after helping others in need.  I would definitely like to volunteer again and bring my children.