Times like this bring out the best in people. Four weeks ago, we pivoted from gathering and started delivering Meals on Wheels to the kids in our after-school program. Volunteers signed up to help as they usually do, and we increased our daily meal count for 38 kids to over 150 meals this past week ahead of the Easter weekend. We were very surprised that the need for kids meals was there from the get-go.
Requests for nutritious kids’ meals (consisting of lunch for today, breakfast for tomorrow) soon increased and requests included worksheets, chapter books, games and puzzles to keep kids stimulated and away from technology, at least for a little while each day. We were happy to oblige and meet the growing needs.
Our volunteers have gone to great lengths to stay in touch with their students and to encourage them during the stay-at-home period.
- Phone numbers have been exchanged between volunteers and parents (and kids)
- Hand written letters are being written by volunteers to kids and delivered by US Mail
- Video calls to children so they can get help with their school worksheets and daily reading
- Volunteers are reading bible stories and chapter books using FaceTime and other technology tools
- Baked goods have been prepared and delivered for kids and adults
- Birthdays have been celebrated with cup cakes and birthday cake
- Moms are making meals for other moms who are no longer working and therefore staying at home
Naturally, the appreciation barometer has gone way up. Letters of appreciation, drawings and thank-you notes from children and parents are being shared with us on a daily basis.
What a healthy perspective on caring for others in an unprecedented time of need.
Thank you volunteers for your support and for coming alongside our appreciative families. This is no-doubt kinship 101 and walking the talk towards making a meaningful impact.
We’ll get through this pandemic, together.
The holy scriptures assure us that we have nothing to fear. Not even COVID-19. We are to be still and know that God is God and still in control. Psalm 46:10. Additional inspiration, comfort and hope can be found in Psalm 119:49-56
Until next time, I am
Brent Morris ED LHCC April 9, 2020