Last week, I announced that I am challenging myself to clock 53 hours of community service between now and Wednesday, January 4th. Everyone was incredibly supportive, but many wondered why. Well, it’s no secret that I lost my mother in 2008 after a long bout with multiple sclerosis. On January 4, 2012, she would’ve turned 53 so there’s the reasoning behind that. My mother loved to help others. She tutored foster kids when we were younger and even won a national award from Volunteers for America in recognition of her service. She taught Sunday School, worked in the sign language ministry at church, and always seemed to have a supportive word for those around her. Simply put…she is the original Fabulous Giver and at this moment in my life, I can’t think of a better tribute.
I’m also so happy that my sister has joined the challenge as well. On a daily basis, we have phone meetings discussing what projects we have signed up for and how well we’re tracking. It’s fun and a little nerve-wracking! But, we’re getting there…and come hell or high water, we will reach our goal. Some of the projects that we’ve signed up for already include:
-Packing food boxes at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
-Teaching adult computer skills to women recently released from prison
-Passing out food and toys to those in the community
-Assisting with a mailing project at the MS Society
-Hanging with seniors at a local community center
-Gift-wrapping gifts for kids in need
-Serving at a Salvation Army location on Christmas
There are other service projects that we are participating in, but we need more! If you or your organization can use a couple of hands (especially on nights and weekends), let me know! Thanks again to everyone for their support…’Tis the season to be a great servant!