Simple Service: See a Need, Fill a Need!
The Homeschool Charter school, my son attends, sends out weekly updates via email. When I was glancing over the email to read the news for Kindergarten; I noticed an urgent request for shoeboxes from the 1st-2nd grade teacher. I immediately thought of the recycled art supply store, M.E.C.C.A (Materials Exchange Center for the Community Arts). This wonderful store has inexpensive used/new art supplies. They also have a Teacher Resource Center where many items are FREE, such as egg cartons, paper towel rolls, etc. Check out the website for more info: http://www.materials-exchange.org/engage/shop/trc-warehouse/
I visit M.E.C.C.A usually once a week so we just added shoeboxes to our list. Carter was excited to search the store for all of the items. When we got to shoeboxes he questioned why we needed so many. I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to teach Carter another way to be thoughtful, kind and helpful. Carter was surprised we were picking up supplies for the 1st-2nd grade teacher instead of his own teacher. I said to him, "See a Need, Fill a Need!" We talked about looking for the opportunities to be helpful and how important it is that we all help each other when we can.
Before we left the store, we used the studio space to make the teacher a card to go along with the boxes. Both my sons helped make the card!
The next day we went to her classroom and delivered the shoeboxes. The teacher was so grateful and so surprised! Carter learned that our one small act of thoughtfulness just made her day a little brighter and a little easier. Opportunities to be thoughtful are found in our daily lives. I hope to teach my children to rush to open the door for others, grab an extra carton of milk for the neighbor, and always look for that chance to be thoughtful! To See a Need, Fill a Need!
"As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
– Audrey Hepburn