About a month ago, Andrea Camunez (a teacher at LC Academy) asked to speak to some of her elementary students about what our agency does and about the camp, as well as talking about homelessness. I was so blown away by how bright and compassionate these young people were, and impressed by all the amazing questions they asked. And their teachers were pretty awesome too, challenging the students to really listen and inquire about what it means to be homeless,and grateful for the wellbeing they have in their own lives. The last bit of my visit there was spent brainstorming what kinds of items the children could put in gift bags for our camp residents. I left feeling like I couldn’t wait to see them again!
So last Friday Andrea brought a group of the students to Camp to drop off the gift bags, huge ziploc bags stuffed to the brim with all kinds of goodies and useful items.
And then the kids passed out their gifts to all the residents that were there, and we labeled all the ones for the folks that weren’t and put them in storage so they could get them later. They even brought special bags for all the cats and dogs in camp!
The last thing we did was take a tour of the agency so I could explain more about the services we offer. It was an awesome afternoon, and we are so grateful for all their effort! With more young people like this developing community spirit, sharing their hearts and hands, I think we can all look to a brighter future.