I attached the above song by Avicii, "Hey Brother", from the album True because it speaks volumes on it's own!
(Many of the homeless population are veterans, troubled souls, and everyday people that fall on hard times. They all have a story to tell, and just need someone to care and listen.)
My daughter is a third grader at our local Catholic school, and the wonderful thing about parochial schools, is that faith is added to the curriculum, along with service projects at ALL grade levels! The children continue to impress and amaze me every year with the projects they do, but the parents were asked to help with this as well, and I was never so proud to witness what these kids accomplished! The third graders raised money from extra pizza sales to put towards several charities, or projects throughout the school year. In Marquette, we have a rotating homeless shelter set up through the local churches called "Room at the Inn". The third grade teachers and children decided to plan, purchase all the food items, cook, serve, and clean up, the dinner for one night at our parish for the homeless. The children were very much involved with the planning and implementing of this task! They were all assigned to a specific part of the meal: main course, salads, sides, desserts, etc. They had to find a recipe, (in which the teacher helped plan out food items to purchase), and the day of the dinner, they were in charge of making those dishes assigned- with the help of the teachers, (of course!) Some of the foods served were: Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, Ramen noodle salad, fruit salad, and cake & ice cream!
I spoke with the teachers, and they were so impressed with how much the children took "ownership" of their individual recipes, and how great they did putting them together! Those that were at the shelter that evening for dinner were treated with great respect, welcomed with posters the children made for them, and enjoyed a wonderful hot meal! Cooking is simply a life skill that is no longer taught in schools like it used to be. An experience like this is priceless.....for so MANY reasons. Thank you Mrs. Allie, Miss Wayland, and the staff of Father Marquette Catholic Schools, for all you do!
A quote I came across yesterday is so fitting in regards to this story:
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
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