Learning from those less fortunate

Sarah’s Rap: As many of you know, Melissa and I both suffer from health issues and are working parents. Sadly, that means we don’t always make time for others outside of our immediate families. There is something about this time of year that makes both of us want to give back to our communities and help others less fortunate. If you didn’t catch Melissa’s post about caroling at your local hospital, check it out here. This year, I decided to help out in a different way. This week I volunteered with some of my fellow co-workers at a local church where we served a meal to 80 homeless and down-on-their-luck residents of the Seattle area.

There is nothing like sitting down with these resilient souls to make one feel humbled and so very thankful.
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Joy to the World: Caroling at a Local Hospital

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Melissa’s Rap: About 15 years ago around this time of  year, I was working for a non-profit organization in Central Florida. The Executive Director, still one of my favorite people on the planet, asked me to put a group together that would carol at a local hospital. I had no idea where to start, but I started calling around and eventually found someone who could help. We had a small group attend and it was an amazing experience.

My sister, Sarah, also attended. Neither one of us can carry a tune, but it honestly didn’t matter. Even when we had smaller groups, no one cared if we sounded like professionals. Our presence during a difficult time for the patients and their families was enough.  Continue reading