I have always been grateful and appreciative of what I have eversince I was a little kid. But it wasn’t until I was in college that it really had an impact on me. Most of the kids who go to my school are really, really wealthy – like kids of politicians and famous people in the Philippines. I had this class where my professor made us go to different places to volunteer and give back to the community. We went to jails, hospitals, and rural areas where most impoverished people live. We distributed food, supplies, and talked to these people. It was an eye-opener on my part. There wasn’t a trip that I didn’t cry when I got home. I cried feeling so helpless for these people. At the same time, I cried realizing that I have so much more compared to them and that I haven’t been thankful enough for what I have.
Now that I have my own kids, I can see myself on them. While they are growing to be happy and very appreciative kids, I’d like them to have an experience that would make them realize how fortunate they are to be where they are right now, and at the same time, give back to the community. I would like to give them an opportunity to have a more meaningful Thanksgiving.
So I signed us up – all four of us – to do some volunteer work for Feed My Starving Children on Saturday, November 30. We will be repacking food for two hours. This organization will also send 20 containers (5.4 million meals) to Typhoon Haiyan relief centers in the Philippines on top of the meals they regularly ship to about 70 countries around the world. I am so excited to see how this volunteer work will inspire my children. I will put up another post for an update.
Also, talking about giving back to the community and inspiring kids, I am putting up all my Kindle books in Amazon on sale for $0.99 each for the Thanksgiving week from November 26 (12am PST) and ends on December 3 (12am PST). You can see all my books by clicking here.