It has been a wonderful experience to see and hear about the many volunteers that have participated locally and nationwide in efforts to provide better opportunities for children in the US.
Once more the civic spirit tackles every downturn in the country and turns it into a celebration of unity and caring.
Maybe people abroad do not know this side of the US character. They are more familiar either with the generosity of people that are always sending relief or they know about the very negative side of exploitation, arms and violence.
On arriving in this country one could imagine that government does all the great things that happen, but it is a wrong assessment of real life in the United States.
Like any other country the most important asset is the people themselves. Nothing in this country would move if it weren’t for the millions of individuals that come together through all sorts of organizations, clubs, churches, committees and dedicate countless hours to plan, and develop campaigns that benefit others.
There is a false image that everyone here is wealthy and has no needs, therefore they can give from their time and money. Once more that is a wrong perception. People from all walks of life participate in these collective efforts when sometimes they themselves are in need of services and help.
It is that same spirit of service that gathers women to knit and saw, while others gather items to send to places in need.
It used to be that usually the need was more abroad that here. The main difference now is that there is a lot of need here and people are gathering again to face adversity and learn how to help others.
In the last two weeks I have noticed at least six or seven different local efforts to provide school supplies to children, and also food, clothing, school medical exams and whatever is needed for them to start the school year.
There have also been some health related fairs and there will be more.
At any of these events you will find people wearing the t-shirt of the day that identifies them as volunteers of that specific campaign. Some people probably have a collection of colorful t-shirts and things to remember from each event.
Through these real life lessons the planers, volunteers and beneficiaries are engages in a learning process that is not quantifiable but it does change the quality of life of any involved.
One of my favorite authors, Richard Bach, author of ‘Illusions’ said, “Learning is finding out what you already know, Doing is demonstrating that you know it, Teaching is reminding others that they know it as well as you do. We are all learners, doers, and teachers.”
This nation is truly great because of that. I feel very honored when I can participate in anyway in one of these activities. Through them I have learned a lot and I know many other have too. Don’t miss the opportunity of growing with others!
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