“Look, Mom! My shirt matches the sign!” Allana proudly exclaimed when she spotted wings on the Angel Crossing sign.
A few days before Christmas, Allana and I volunteered at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. It was a wonderful learning experience for her as she saw firsthand how our donations to the food bank help others. Allana enjoyed helping the families and throughout the evening she often commented on the graciousness and cuteness of the children.
A couple weeks later, I realized just how much the experience impacted Allana when my friend made some remarks about her high school students’ poor their hygiene. I didn’t know Allana had heard my friend’s comments until she chimed in, “Well maybe they’re homeless and they don’t have any running water. Maybe they live in their cars. You really shouldn’t judge, because you just never know someone’s situation.”
Our short time volunteering had a big impact Allana but at that moment, I learned something too. My daughter is growing into a truly beautiful, compassionate human being.