Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Meals on Wheels

On January 20, 2009, the girls & I watched in amazement as Barack Obama was inaugurated the first black President of the United States of America. He called for ALL Americans to help him usher in a new a day in America...a "change." Hannah asked me, "what can we do to help?" I told her that we could do ANYthing she wanted to do.
During the past couple of years she has come to enjoy the American Doll collection. The collection includes many historical dolls from different eras in America's history. Each doll has its own series of books...to encourage reading! Hannah's first doll, Addy, is a young slave girl who escapes to freedom with her mother. Hannah learns how Addy and her Momma struggle with their new freedom because they don't have any money. However, God blesses them with friends who help them. Another story that Hannah enjoys is that of Kitt. Kitt is coming of age during the Great Depression. Her wealthy family looses almost everything, her dad has to leave town to find work, and her mom takes in boarders to help out. Kitt & her classmates volunteer in a "soup kitchen" to help. Where is all this going? Well, that's what Hannah wants to do. She wants to be a friend to someone in need and provide food for the less fortunate.
With that said, I promptly "googled" volunteer work in the Big Bend. Hannah continued to remind me exactly what she wanted to do. FYI...there are several great volunteer opportunities in our area. As I scrolled thru pages and pages of organizations, I came across Elder Care Service. http://www.ecsbigbend.org/ I remembered doing a couple of Meals on Wheels routes in Nursing School. Jack Pot! We filled out the application on-line and within hours received a phone call. That was it! The TLH Huffs had adopted a Meals on Wheels route. Every Tuesday morning the girls & I pick up meals from the Elder Care Service and deliver them to 11 elderly people. The women enjoy seeing the girls & the girls are starting to warm up to them...Sarah more so than Hannah, but she working on it. Even after her birthday sleepover, her gal pals accompanied us...they all enjoyed it as well.









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4 comments:

Shanita said...

You have really inspired me to get my family more involved in our community! You're right....it's time for change! Instead of Thursdays being our "pajama day" (a day to stay inside since we're on the go constantly. We can make that our "give back day"

Takeshia said...

That is awesome! My momma would have been so proud of her Hannah Banana.

MariaGeraci said...

Awesome, Tanashia! I can't believe how big the girls are. Your story about the American Girl Dolls brings a misty tear to my eye. I love those dolls. We have Addy and Kit and most of the rest of the original dolls. I love them as much as my girls did!

Anonymous said...

That is awesome... the girls start in social justice. I love hearing about those dolls. I might have to become a fan of them too! :-)

Alicia