This month for our service project I searched once again on my new favorite site, justserve.org. I found a beautiful organization called Dolls of Hope, who donates handmade dolls and teddy bears to refugee children around the world, and is currently sending them to Greece to refugee camps there. So I contacted them, got the patterns and then...
We live less than 10 miles away from a forest fire. Many firefighters arrived and set up camp in our little town. My son had a ton of questions and worries about the fire. I tried my best to reassure him that we are safe and these heroes, the firefighters, are making that possible! I also shared this quote with him, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."-Fred Rogers
This inspired my son Carter, to find out what he could do to help the firefighters! We decided that showing our appreciation for all of their hard work would let them know we support them!
So we along with our local volunteer group, Small Town Superheroes, created a giant thank you banner. The kids had fun decorating the banner together and were beyond excited to deliver it to the firefighters. You could see the firefighters were so happy not only for the banner, but also just to meet the kids!
My husband is a social worker and has been volunteering at KindTree Autism Rocks Camp for years. The camp is designed for people with autism - of any age - and their families. It is a safe place where families can come without fear of being judged or criticized. Activities are designed to be both fun and easy going.
Every year my husband has asked if all of us in the family would like to go. I've been nervous and hesitant because we have little kids and camping can be stressful with little kids. Since this year our youngest is 3.5 years old, I decided that I thought we could handle it. I signed up to be a volunteer at camp as well - making sure to have alternating volunteer shifts from my husband so that one of us would always be available for our kids.
School is almost starting around here and that also means that Happy Helpers will be back in session! We're testing out a new and improved version this school year with WEEKLY Happy Helpers. Maybe I'm the only one that gets mixed up as to which week is which ("Is it the 3rd Tues or the 2nd? Maybe the 4th? I'll have to check a calendar and see...") but having it weekly should be so much easier to remember. With a huge increase of time each month, we are limiting the program to one assisted living facility this year while we see how it goes. So, mark your calendars for Tuesdays at 10:30 at Waterford Grand. They'll always be on the website and facebook so check before you go if you don't have a school-age kid since we follow the local school district calendars.
My favorite part of Happy Helpers is the relationship these babes have with the old people who live at the assisted living facility where we hold Happy Helpers. Seeing big smiles on everyone's faces is so wonderful!