Today I did some volunteer work at one of the shelters that they have set up for Hurricane Gustav evacuees.
I've never done any volunteer work with the red cross before but today will not be the last time.
I've always seen stuff like this on tv and honestly it never crossed my mind. I don't have the time you know? That will NEVER be my outlook. NEVER again. I don't think I have ever seen people SO thankful to have somewhere to stay. They were at the complete mercy of strangers. People they may never ever see again.
It was a LOT of work. But I loved every minute of it.
The kids got to go for a little while and help (really had to pull some strings and explain why I wanted them to be there) and they GOT IT. They understand how blessed they are.
Aj was looking for the bathtubs.....there aren't any.
Kayla wanted to know why they had garbage bags......to hold the stuff they brought with them.
Jaelyn cried when one older lady told her how they didn't leave when Katrina hit and all she had was the filthy clothes on her back.
I'm glad I made the decision to take them with me. I'll be looking for more volunteer work to do, and I want the kids to be involved too. They might be small but they can help.
At one point, Aj just started giving people hugs and smiling that toothless grin lol. He seems to favor older women with grey hair lol and they seemed to like him too ;-)
When we came home, there wasn't any of the usual bickering that I normally hear...they want to go help tomorrow. Jaelyn and Kayla washed dishes together, no fighting. Aj picked up his toys off his floor and asked me if we could take them to the little boy in the big room (he called the shelter the big room because it didn't have doors I was at the BJCC for those of you local).
My heart is full today. I'm glad they got to go, and I'm glad I was able to help. It may have only been for a few hours and for one day, but it certainly won't be the last.