Last night I went to volunteer at a kids homeless shelter – it was a potluck (hubby cooked of course) and I believe the intent was really just to socialize with the kids. You never know who will inspire you, or who you connect with. Sometimes you’ll meet someone who will change your life after a single interaction. I’ve definitely met people like that, and there have even been bloggers who have influenced me in the way I think!
The kids were mostly really sweet and I loved hearing them introduce themselves and talk about their hobbies. They ranged from I think 13-17. The other volunteers were between 14-24, except me of course, so I think everyone connected really well. It’s always interesting for me to see how you can give the rebellious children just a little bit of 1×1 attention, and their attitude completely changes! My mother in law works with kids similar to their demographics, and goes through the same thing. Although at school, I’m sure it’s so much more difficult to give kids the attention they need.
The local MSA sponsored the event, and we were all dressed in ethnic attire. I wore the only ethnic attire I have in Charlotte – this new khaadi kurta that was recently shipped to me.
After dinner with the kids, we went outside to play some basketball. I love shooting hoops but thought I’d let the kids have their time 🙂
I used to love doing stuff like this back in college with different organizations, and I haven’t been good about continuing with it the older I get. But seeing kids smiling and laughing when they don’t have a lot of material things, but a whole lot of love, that just gives you the kind of happiness that can’t be bought. I can get carried away wanting things that my friends have, that I know we can’t afford, being on just my income, but it makes me feel good when I control my impulses and get the same level of satisfaction from something totally free!