November 02, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday - Super Heroes of Service

Last month I announced a change to our Wednesday format - making the first Wednesday of the month our "Super Heroes of Service" challenge.  It's a challenge you can involve your kids in.  The first challenge was to "visit someone who is lonely and bring something to share."



We had a great experience....eventually.  I called a few assisted living homes and none of them would let us visit.  Seriously? 

"The children need to be at least 12 to interact with the residents here."  Maybe they haven't seen the joy on the face of an elderly person when seeing children.

"That would be a volunteer visit, so you'd have to fill out a lot of paperwork and get TB testing done."

Then another place didn't return my call.

I wasn't going to let this one go.  I put Rex's cape on, picked up my nephew with his cape, and we headed to an assisted living place.  I figured they'd have a harder time turning us down in person when I had two cute little boys in capes standing next to me.


This time we were lucky.  We filled out a little paper work and got visiting.  We met two adorable women.  They asked the boys all sorts of questions.  They let the boys sing for them too.  They guessed the boys' ages and then let the boys guess theirs.


My nephew gave tons of hugs and was so sweet.  This kind lady kept asking him to promise he'd come back again.  I'm pretty sure he will.  He even memorized her room number.


In the car on the way home we talked about what they had done and how happy the ladies were.  I asked them how doing that made them feel.  They said, "Really, really good."  Young children pick up on things so quickly.  I just want to make sure I provide my kids with a lot of good things to pick up on.

On to next month's challenge!  This month's challenge is to give some toys away.  You could give them to DI, Goodwill, or a homeless shelter.  The point is to let your kids help you do this.  I plan on having Rex and Baden sort through the toys with me and explaining how we can share with those who don't have any.  I figure doing this right before Christmas is perfect timing, too.

If any of you participated in last month's challenge I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for reading.

20 comments:

  1. I love that you did this with your boys. What a gift I'm sure their smiles were to the residents there! Way to go!!

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  2. Strange that places would turn you and your little away. My son's preschool class participates in an Alzheimer's project...they sing and interact with the "grand-friends." The research shows that interaction with children as well as music helps these patients and has amazing effects on their disposition. So glad you were able to make it work!!

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  3. You gave me tears this morning, what a wonderful thing to do.

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  4. How awesome! Very cool!

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  5. Wow! What a great thing to do! This really makes me want to do this with my son.
    p.s. I found you on The Shine project.

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  6. How sad that those first places didn't let you come! So sad. I'm so glad that you were finally able to visit. You can see the absolute joy in those ladies eyes.

    This challenge is going to be tough, but is absolutely necessary at our house. We are overflowing with trucks and cars!

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  7. What a beautiful thing to do, and the pictures are just precious! I bet you made your visitees' whole day!

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  8. Such a lovely idea!! I told my husband the other day that our new years resolution is to do something like this once a month as a family for the year!

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  9. Such a wonderful thing you and the boys did and I think you're a great role model, as mother and all around person, to be so conscious of these little life lessons.

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  10. Oh I don't know if its the pregnancy hormones or what but this post made me cry. Many of those sweet people never get visitors - taking your nephew and Rex in was so sweet of you. My son is young still (year and a half) but we try to visit our neighbors at least once a month. "Chrildren are good for the soul" is what she tells me. I believe it.
    Oh and we're already working on toy donation in this house - I feel like I'm suffocating and even though my son is young I want him to experience that giving something away can be just as rewarding as receiving. Thanks for the great post - so inspiring.
    Xo
    Littlemudpies.blogspot.com

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  11. i LOVE this idea and that you didn't give up when they said NO. what an amazing way for your children to understand service. blessings, friend!

    Andi

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  12. What an awesome mom you are. We are definitely doing this next month's challenge. I've been itching to do it for months now. It's a service to me too I think. :)

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  15. Stopping by from Casey's to say hi. Love that you took the kids to an assisted living home. My husband's grandma used to live in one and all the residence loved it when my kids were there visiting.

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  16. What a great idea! You are an awesome mom! We are totally going to work on the giving toy's away!

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  17. Hallo! First sorry for my english! I´m from Germany and reading your blog for 4 month, but now I want to write something!

    I don´t understand the statement of the first! I´m a social worker and I know really that it´s really important that these people were visited (? ;-)) and second it´s really important for children to see, how important it is! And this can all kids see, not only 12 year old!!! My four year old son also understand and visits his older aunts and uncels (well, they really love to play with him)! So don´t give up! It´s really wonderful to teach your children this! Love greets! Christine

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  18. I am so glad for people like you who come up with these fun ideas. We visited a widow who has no family nearby. My children painted halloween pictures and helped me make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for her. They had fun explaining what their pictures were, and she was so glad to have company. I want to teach my children to enjoy serving others and these monthy service ideas are so perfect for that.

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  19. I wish Cam was here to visit his Great Grandma's. He is wonderful with older people and they would totally love him!!!! DARN!

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  20. That was a beautiful thing you did for the ladies and for your kids :)
    I just realized this is the first time I actually did one of your challenges: last Halloween we organized the 4th Lisbon zombie walk and collected a lot of non-perishables for the local food bank. Not only did we have a blast, we had an impact on the community. It was an amazing feeling.

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