My Event Operated Like a Swiss Watch.
I have been working since May to get everything together for this.
The Back to School Fair to provides low-income/homeless children
with necessary supplies/screenings to succeed in school.
Myself and a small group of volunteers gave backpacks, scholastic
supplies, health screenings, hygienic supplies & fun to 198
children! All items were donated or purchased with donated funds.
Organizations participating in the fair (called upon by yours truly)
brought necessary supplies too!
**I live in a community of less than 3,000-- 200 is an awful lot!**
Missouri Highlands Health Care brought
toothpaste, tooth brushes and important handouts about healthy smiles.
United Way came and taught families about community and income
awareness. They gave each child a little something for their treat
bag, too. Fab group of people!
Reynolds County Health Center gave each young child important information
about body awareness, stranger danger & how to talk to an adult when you
need help. The older/teen kids got information about internet safety,
relationship violence and sexual harassment. I have to say, the woman
giving this information was upfront. Blunt. Honest. Lovely. She was the
kind of person I wish I could spend an afternoon with. Heck of a woman.
Everyone who came was awesome.
I just can't list all of them right now. I'm too long winded!!
Swing over to the Back-to-School Fair Facebook page I made and
check out the pictures from today. I didn't get nearly as many as I
wanted--- I was too busy! [link]
My son, Jeremy, manned my book table.
He handed out flyers from the library that gave instructions on how
...not really) to get a library card and an event
calender for fun stuff. Each child who came in, got to pick out a book.
I went where I was needed.
We were a person short for BMI checks. I measured each child with
an adjustable ruler and weighed them on a scale. I gave their height
and weight to a wonderful woman named Edna whom calculated their
BMI. I measured and weighed all 198 kids.
One heavy set girl dragged her feet to come to my station.
She looked very down. I put my hand on her back and filled out
her papers. I had her step on the scale. She asked me "Is 168 bad
for a girl my age? It's horrible, isn't it?" I smiled at her and held her
hand. I said "Beautiful is beautiful. It doesn't have to be a size 3.
I think you're gorgeous." I wish I would have thought to tell other
girls that sooner.
*uh.. another side story*
There was a boy so tall I was afraid I was going to have to get a
step ladder to get his height. He was also a sound gentleman.
I haven't been called "Ma'am" by a boy his age in a long time.
"Yes ma'am. Thank you ma'am." it made my day. He was almost 6'5"
I had the BMI check set up behind a sectioned off part of the room.
Not many kids want to be weighed in front of their peers. I liked when
there was a small break in the kids coming to me. I got to peek
out and see Jeremy helping give people books.
It really was most excellent to see kids standing, flipping through books,
getting excited about reading. I liked when they came in and talked about
their books to me having no idea that I'm the one who brought them.
The kids who came not only looked like they were very excited &
thrilled to no end to be there--- they looked like they really needed it.
It is a fantastic feeling to help those who need. No matter what task,
no matter how small-- helping is awesome. It's far superior to give than
receive. I'm so happy my son could share this with me.
Holy shert, I wert a berk. Huge post. Had a lot to say.