Today was the November Diaper Depot and it was awesome.
If you havent heard me talk about it before, its a event at a local church where they give families a weeks worth of diapers for up to two kids, have hot breakfast, produce from local farms, clothing, stuffed animals, a coloring table for kids, and information about medical help and assistance paying for utilities. Somrtiems they have other items like today there were crocheted items, jewelry, and other knick knacks from a recent bazaar.
- They applied for a $7,000 grant from the county and actually got $9,000
- And, last month a local chapter of the Rotary Club gave $2,000 and a higher up level matched that amount.
So, they can host the diaper depot every month next year instead of 3 times every 4 months.
There were a ton of high school kids helping out but no one who spoke French Creole.
Throughout the morning, I was thinking about those who have come in the past who speak French Creole....
These were kids in middle school, yet they were extremely important to communicate with the families who speak that language.
Us high school kids are smarter and more mature, but these younger kids are just as important as us, if not more helpful because they are fluent.
There is an important lesson to be learned that you dont have to be the smartest one. You don't have to be the smartest, you don't have to be rich or an adult or anything special to so something significant.
You dont have to be an adult or smart or rich or anything to help another person.
I was talking about this to someone when I was there: a little boy who was unfolding boxes and stacking them in a pile.
He was doing a fantastic job you could tell he wanted to be the best box unfolder and he was though and I asked him: How old are you?
Seven, he said.
And I just thought wow. He has 10 years less experience than me. He probably cant even do long division or write a long essay and probably hasnt studied anything too significant in a history class?
You know what he can do? Unfold boxes. So that's what he did and he *loved* being helpful and it was really sweet
But this boy set his mind to being the best box-unfolder and the best unfolded-box-stacker and he was doing really well.
He didn't understand when I was telling him he was really cool. He was like, I'm just unfolding boxes. There are people out welcoming people in from the cold and making pancakes in the kitchen. I can't do that. And I was like no, you are important too. It doesnt matter you are a kid. There are no requirements like that to being helpful. You dont have to be special to help people.
It doesnt matter what skills you have or how much resources. You just start somewhere and do what you can within those limits.