This week at work is Customer Appreciation week. There have been a series of events taking place for our customers. Several breakfasts, luncheons, receptions…a whirlwind of activity.
The industry I am in is a tough one because you find yourself always having to be “ON”. My face hurts from smiling so much. The best part about this week is what happens today.
This afternoon, we are volunteering at one of my favorite places….PHILABUNDANCE. Philabundance serves the greater Philadelphia community and in simple terms, helps to feed people.
We will pack up boxes full of canned foods, pasta, rice, etc as they prepare for their busiest demand time of year, the Holidays. My mother, always stressed the importance of helping others. Even if we didn’t have much, we always had enough to share with someone that needed our help.
I have fond memories of my mother cooking dinners for neighbors and friends. In my adult life, community service is a huge part of my life. Through my husband’s fraternity and my sorority, we participate in some form of community service almost monthly. We have done blood drives, delivered messages to mothers in jail from their children, served hot food in soup kitchens and helped to clothe battered women and children. These are causes that touch our family and we never want our children to grow up without knowing how much of a blessing each day and every hot meal are.
As parents, we want to instill values that our children will have for a lifetime. It’s great to have a nice home, cars and clothing but when you look around and so many people are struggling just to make ends meet, it’s our obligation to help others in some way. It’s easy to write a check but the feeling you get from physically doing a good deed and seeing how your direct actions help the individual are immeasurable.
What a great ending to a crazy week.