Supplies for the Troops
--by siegelks, posted Dec 10, 2006
I am a middle school counselor. Earlier this week, I had a very caring, compassionate student tell me about a project she has undertaken. She said she has started a collection for supplies for the troops to make their holiday's more joyful. I asked her what organization she was doing this through and she was confused by my question. Finally, she said, "No, see my sister who is in 5th grade and I are doing this on our own!" I was amazed that they had thought this up on their own. I asked their mother about it and she said that they had come to her to tell her about it.
I was happy to help her. I told her to put a box in the main office with a sign and a list of supplies (which she had already typed up!). She brought the box in the next day and students have already begun to add to it.
What a beautiful thing these kids are doing. I am so proud of them!
Keep it up
I only got one response. It was to tell me that she thought I was taking on quite a big responsiblity and maybe I should rethink doing the project all together.
I was so disappointed in her response. I wrote back and thanked her for responding and then told her that I thought what I was doing was really small compared to what the troops were doing for me everyday. I let her know that it made me feel good to do something for others and that I felt like the time I usually waste doing things like watching tv, etc., could be put to much better use and this was the way I planned to spend it for now.
I too am proud of these young girls for their efforts. They are special people and deserve to be honored for their efforts. Also, think of how they might inspire other youngsters to get involved or to start some other type of similar activity of their own. I think it's great. We need more people like them in this world and it gives me hope for our future when I hear that some of the younger generation still carry these values.