Today was the last day of work for all the wonderful and kind people at Cradles to Crayons before they get a very well deserved one week break for the holidays. Mannam-Boston was lucky enough to be able to spend the morning with everyone, helping out in the Toy Factory. We cleaned toys and assembled ToyPacks for kids in need across Massachusetts.
Giving of your time to impact and make a difference in somebody else’s life is probably the best way to spend any morning. We are all looking forward to heading back to Cradles to Crayons in 2013.
Today, four of us went to perform for the people at Rogerson House in Boston. Two violins, a trumpet and a piano made for an interesting combination of instruments, but we managed to put together some fun fiddle tunes, ragtimes (awesomely arranged for two violins), and then some light jazz and Pop tunes – the Beatles and the likes.
For all four of us, music is our way of making a living, however, today we all came together with another purpose…to spread some love and joy to these gentle, kind, and friendly people in need of some extra ‘light’ in their lives. There is no greater joy than putting oneself aside, our egos and pride, and humbling ourselves in order to touch the lives of others. It makes me think of this great quote by John Wooden:
“You haven’t lived a perfect day until you have done something for someone who can’t repay you. That’s real generosity.”
We have many more events, concerts, and volunteer opportunities planned for during the Summer. Come join us! You will find that while helping to change the lives of others you yourself will be changed. (it is also a ton of fun with a great group of people!)
Looking forward to seeing you all soon
Much love ~
Yesterday MANNAM-Boston went to volunteer at Goddard House – Skilled Nursing Home. We have been volunteering there once a month on Saturdays (usually from around 1:30-4:00pm). Yesterday there was a concert going on, so we helped to wheel patients to the dining hall, get them setup and comfortable, and then when it was over we wheeled them back to their rooms or to the lounges on their respective floors.
Although this work sounds insignificant, the joy and happiness it brings the people living at Goddard House shows that even these small things make a big difference. Taking a moment out of our busy lives to show an interest in them and have a quick chat makes them feel special and loved, and makes us as volunteers feel humbled and grateful.
As volunteers, we were so impressed and moved by the other two women who work there 6 days a week. They have such big hearts, shining through in the clearly noticeable patience, gentleness, kindness, and love they show each and every one of the people at Goddard House. It was very moving to see how they interacted with the patients, always with a smile, a joke, and an encouraging word. Two completely selfless people who truly understood what it means to serve others and love one another.
Here is a quote from one of the volunteers:
“Just wanted to leave a note about yesterday volunteering at Goddard House nursing home. I had a fantastic time! I felt so happy the whole time I was there. I was just simply wheeling people to the dining room for their concert, and they were so grateful and sweet. I was so impressed by the girls who work there, and what incredible patience and compassion they have for the folks who live there. Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve and to be involved with touching peoples’ lives!!”
When Light meets Light, there is Victory!
Earlier this month MANNAM-Boston went to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons (C2C). It was amazing to learn about what this organization does and how they serve children in need throughout Massachusetts.
Dave Cotugno, Volunteer Coordinator for C2C, very graciously gave us a full tour of the facilities after our volunteer shift, and we got to see and hear how everything is run and organized.
What Cradles to Crayons does: “We help kids in poverty: kids who don’t have shoes that fit, or a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds, or a backpack to take their books and supplies to and from school. When kids don’t have these basics, they suffer. They have a hard time learning in school. They don’t feel valued. Cradles to Crayons provides homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive – to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.”
You can read more about this organization here.
MANNAM-Boston will be establishing a continued relationship of support and volunteerism with Cradles to Crayons.
Check our events page for information on the C2C clothing drive running through July 13. We will be delivering all items collected on July 20, at which time we will also be volunteering from 1:00-3:00pm. Come join us! The more volunteers = the more clothing packs we can put together, and ultimately the more children we can reach …and it is a blast being there and helping out! (children 5 years and older are welcome to come and help out too, so bring your kids, friends, neighbors, nieces, and nephews too!)
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering on July 20, and helping with the clothing drive running through July 13.