One reason I have enjoyed my job as receptionist at the Brunner Literacy Center is getting to know the many tutors and others who volunteer their time to help people’s lives change by helping them become more literate.
When I was a child, I remember my parents being involved helping at school, at church, and in the community. I grew up knowing that helping others is just what people should do. My husband Joe and I have been involved in a number of ministries and activities at school, at church, and in the community. We tried to show our children that life is about more than just “my needs, my wants.” Going out of ourselves, being there for others, helps to make us better people and the world a better place.
It would be wonderful if more parents could include their children in discussing donations to charities. Parents play a big role in helping their children to be involved in gathering money or supplies, and helping their children to gain a sense of awareness of the needs around them. Then the children can begin to understand how they might help to meet those needs.
Each year for Christmas my friend Sharon Samson and her family choose an organization to help, and they get the whole family involved.
This year they talked about the Brunner Literacy Center, and the children were amazed to learn that there are adults who don’t know how to read. It made the children even more eager to pick out things to donate to help the BLC with our mission of promoting literacy.
These children are blessed to be part of a family that values books and reading. Sharon was a school librarian for several years. The children have been read to since they were born, and I think they now appreciate that even more!
Sharon, her son Jordan, and two of her grandchildren delivered a variety of supplies, including candy, coffee, water, school and office supplies, cleaning supplies, and more. We often get donations at the BLC from groups of adults, and we certainly appreciate them all. What touched me particularly about this family’s donation (besides the fact that they are close friends of mine!) is what a learning experience it was for the children.
By helping a different nonprofit each year, these children’s eyes and hearts are being opened to needs around them, and seeing what a difference their efforts can make. This gives me hope that they will become adults who reach out, who care about others, who help to make the world a better place. One person, one family can make a difference!
Many thanks to the Samson family for selecting the Brunner Literacy Center as their Christmas project this year!