Giving Back

Volunteering with the Salvation Army

Salvation Army Gift Wrapping

On Thursday, December 16th my friend, Nicole and I volunteered to help wrap presents for the Salvation Army. We met with some of the NFL wives of Houston and other Salvation Army volunteers to wrap presents picked out by the NFL wives for families in need. Each NFL wife was given a family with a list of their names, sizes, and gifts they wanted. After choosing and purchasing the gifts they were brought to our team to be wrapped for Christmas. It was a wonderful experience. The families received a variety of items including necessities like clothing and entertainment items like the XBOX or Wii gaming consoles. Nicole and I, along with two other women worked together to personally wrap five families Christmas presents. I truly enjoyed working with them and there was much laughter. It was a joy to see a wide variety of people come together to bring happiness to families less fortunate than our own.

Weigh Station

This year on Christmas Day I was able to welcome the day by volunteering with Palmer Church at their Way Station. Way Station began in 1991 and serves the homeless a hot breakfast five days a week along with providing amenities such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and blankets. Since, Christmas Day was on a Saturday this year, Way Station provided sack lunches and hot Chick-fil-a sandwiches to Houston’s homeless. I was joined by my immediate family members and significant other on Saturday to help prepare the sack lunches and hand them out with water after the church service. The church service began with live music performed by members of the congregation, some of which used to be clients of the Way Station and have since been able to transform their lives. It was a powerful service, but even more powerful was the sense of hope it seemed to create for the homeless in attendance. The most memorable moment for me, though, was handing out the sack lunches to those in need. Wishes of good blessings and Merry Christmas were spoken and knowing that I was able to help make surviving a little easier made me feel grateful to be where I was. This was a humbly experience that I wish to recreate every year. My gratitude for the blessings that have been given to me was greatly enhanced this Christmas.

”As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

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