A little bit goes a long way
If we haven’t learned that today we sure missed a good chance to!
Starting the morning off with Meals on Wheels we helped pack the coolers with drinks and the breads ready for the hot meal to finish in the oven and the drivers would show up to begin delivering all over Burnet County.
Paul the new director explained to the kids that sometimes the MOW worker was the only person they would see all day – sometimes the only one they will see all week! Not only are they providing a physical need but an emotional one as well. This also allows them to know if something has happened to them, if they don’t answer the door! A first responder of sorts!
Being Christmas time we then had the opportunity to help wrap presents for their clients. They were divided into very small piles; lotion, socks, shampoo, gloves, toothbrush, toothpaste, crossword puzzle books … a little bit goes a long way.
Before we left I asked if it would be okay if we prayed for them, Paul said we could. We did and as we left he shouted out to us… “God Bless You!” cool!
I think about my Christmases and the stark difference between what for many will be the only gift they receive and what my own expectations are for Christmas. I look forward to tonight’s debrief.
Debrief – the time where we will discuss the day, things that made us laugh, things that touched our heart and the things that have changed us, maybe forever.
We headed to Granite Mesa Nursing Care Center and sang a few Christmas Carols and visited with the ladies and gentlemen there! The kids were super troopers. Last night we were later than usual getting to the cabins, etc. so we didn’t have an opportunity to go over some of the songs. The kids did great! Nick played the piano and blessed everyone with ‘Carol of the Bells’! Afterwards we visited and there were a few who were sad to see us go I think! A little bit goes a long way!
Our regular pizza place was gone so we experienced the world famous Bluebonnet Café! Nice!
After lunch we got the opportunity to help 3 ladies that needed their yard raked. They all find themselves in situations that have changed their world
- Nelda – (my step-mom) My dad passed away this last March and her ability to rake the yard and cut back the bushes is just not there. She is proud of her yard and has been so frustrated that she doesn’t have the energy to do what used to be a simple enjoyable task. It so blessed her!
- Marianne – her husband has Alzheimer’s and it’s been very difficult taking care of him much less worrying about her yard. She was so blessed and excited that we would rake her back yard – 13 bags worth!
- Connie – her husband Val is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and they had about an acre of land with MANY leaves. Both teams tackled this one together. Val really enjoyed watching the kids work hard and he kept telling me, “These are really good kids. It’s so nice of you to come and help us”. Connie was very excited that he had come outside and interacted with us. At first he was very frustrated that she was going to let us come, but he was outside waiting on us when we got there!
- Really it wasn’t all that much, raking some leaves, cutting back some plants. Praying for people. Encouraging others. A little bit goes a long way!
It’s free time right now and the kids are playing football and gaga ball! After dinner we’ll head to the trail of lights and Starbucks (decaf) then back for our debrief and maybe a game or two.
We’ll start planning our Advent Conspiracy – where we bless someone and hopefully they won’t know who we are! It’s so fun to see what they come up with! Just another way for them to see … a little bit goes a long way!
I’ll write again this evening. So much is happening today I thought I’d go ahead and give you phase 1of the day … ha!