A Few Little Gifts Add Up To A Lot Of Love
--by cabbage, posted Mar 17, 2011
I want to tell you about a true story that happened this week on Veteran's Day. I wrote earlier about how our school had a "family day of service," in which about 100 middle school students volunteered all around our community. One of the sites was a veteran's hospital. Due to swine flu outbreaks, the Veteran's Association said that kids under 16 would not be allowed to visit, so a few adults in the group met with veterans individually to ask them what gift they would like to receive for Veteran's Day.
One veteran said he'd like a disposable camera -- his daughter was traveling that evening from far away to visit him, bringing his 1-year-old granddaughter whom he had never met. He said he never imagined he would get to meet her since he had gone through so many surgeries. The volunteers decided that this gift couldn't wait until Veteran's Day, so a few hours later, they appeared at his bedside with two disposable cameras, some stuffed animals for him to give to his granddaughter, and 'a beautifully wrapped pink rose' (donated from a florist shop) for him to give to his daughter. He was so touched and thankful for these small gifts, given with so much love.
Thanks for sharing this. I hope it motivates others to repeat the kindness and cause even more ripples :)