Amen to That!Posted on March 17th, 2011.
Written By: Sharon Duran Long time committed volunteer
Volunteering is defined as “the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services”.
But to me it means so much more than that. To me it means the giving of someone’s time to not only help those in need, but to show them that there are people who STILL care. I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with CCA (Christian Community Action) and at Keller High School by helping bring back Hope For The Holidays.
When I was asked if I wanted to help out I didn’t hesitate in saying yes. Walking up and down the aisle seeing the look on the parent’s faces as they placed a toy in the basket or found that perfect bike their child was priceless.
I met a couple, who had come in for some Christmas gifts for their children. The husband was laid off, I’m not sure if the wife worked or not. They were very grateful for everything we had done not just for them but also for everyone who was there. That morning when I signed in I said a prayer for a great day and for Gods guidance throughout the day. When the family mentioned that they didn’t have money to purchase ornaments for their tree I knew what I had to do. I pulled the $10.00 I had in my pocket and gave it to them.
I was so very thankful that I was in a position to be able to bless the family that day. I could’ve walked away and went to the next family; but that wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. It meant so much more. I want to bless people around me just as I have been blessed.
Anybody can volunteer, but it takes someone who is willing to go that extra step to give of their time to help make a difference in someone’s life. Mother Theresa said it best… “If you can’t feed a hundred, then feed just one…..” Amen to that!