My Sunny Side: Volunteerism

I’ve decided to try a new feature in my blog: Sunny Side Up (I actually like over medium eggs lol) me trying to be my funny, sarcastic, positive, uplifting, grateful, off the wall self! I am going to show my positive side. My life is not all doom and gloom, And WovenEclipse helped me see that. So, thank you Rebecca!

Over the Christmas weekend I got to do some of my first volunteering.  On Christmas day, I volunteered to help with a Christmas party that was held in Building 4.

Building 4 is this VA’s hospice.  Most of the old soldiers who come here are coming to die.  Some of them will get better and leave, but the majority of them will not leave here conscious.

I helped set up a wonderful celebration for these Vets.  There were Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and up through all our modern conflicts.  It was a humbling experience to see these Veterans in this situation.  It reminded me of the old saying

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

On Monday I also volunteered for Bingo in Building 8.  Building 8 is where old soldiers who are severely handicapped reside.  I helped a man name Dan monitor his Bingo cards.  We won 8 of the 12 games!  He was so excited.

Volunteering at both of these events was very therapeutic for me.  It puts your perspective in perspective very quickly.  I came away with feelings of gratitude and humility.  And who can’t use a bit more of both of those?  I know I can.

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