As a kid, I always had that feeling that I needed to help someone. I remember bringing extra quarters from home so I can buy other kids pencils from the pencil machine, or cookies from the lunch room. Kids that never went up to the bake sale after school or pencil machine because they never had the means to go.
As an older woman and mother, I feel the same. Just in a different way. Through the eyes of a mother. I find that it is my duty to show my children the gift of giving. They may not know the full effect of it now, but I hope that they will.
Taking the twins to the Philippines twice was a dream come true! There, we were able to visit the Lingap Orphanage in Butuan, Mindanao. Both times we brought clothes, pizza and toys. The children at the orphanage played on our phones, played games and sang songs. I knew the twins did not need me to explain the living conditions. No windows, thrashed beds and unfit living space. Never have they seen a different way of life, aside from one of those commercials.
So when it’s time to volunteer, my children are no strangers to the process. Grocery store shopping or going through our closets for gently used clothing we do not use. Anything that could be beneficial to someone without. It is very important to me that our youth learn about community service and volunteering. Not just donating money, but donating your time, knowledge and selflessness to others. Also, being reminded how blessed we are to have what we have.
The other day while we served sacked lunches with Hope for Humanity, a woman slept along a fence in a sleeping bag. It had to have been almost 100 degrees out. When approached, she was asked how she could bare the heat!? Her response was this, “oh its not 112 yet…” ::heartbreak:: I looked back at the girls and said, “and we complain about how the air doesn’t blow cold enough in the car..” I am guilty of the side comments, but this also reminds me that we are blessed. I am no stranger to coming close to an avenue of STRUGGLE. Being a single mother of twins was no easy task. I worked hard to keep a roof over our head and even then, I complained. As I grow older, I appreciate more and complain less.
This post has nothing to do with beauty products or what latest trend is coming for fall, but a post about what makes someone so beautiful. SELFLESSNESS. VOLUNTEERISM.
Hoping this post has you googling some local organizations where you can make a difference around you. Its your community, make it better than it already is.
(Above: My girlfriend Fara & sister donated so much for my back to school drive for Nevada partnership of Homeless Youth)
(Above: “Cooking for a cause” is held on a Wednesday. Anyone can sponsor a BBQ/dinner for the drop in center. Meals must feed up to 30 people. I am proudly hosting one a month)
(Above: My father, his wife and her co worker joined in the fun. My dads famous BBQ chicken was loved and we went school shopping with the donations we received!)
(Above: Hope for Humanity. Our first time volunteering with this organization. WOW. Over 1200 sack lunches were passed out to homeless people. The woman who organized this started in her kitchen 3 months ago with a goal of 200 lunches. It’s amazing what an idea filled with love can spread to)