Giving back to those in need gives us our sense of purpose, thereby helping us to better understand how we fit into the world around us. Additionally, it allows us to bridge some of the social and economic gaps experienced in society today.
As a child growing up with a mother who was firm on the absolute need for sharing with others, sharing has always been a part of my philosophy whether relating to my siblings or friends. It could have been one mint, it had to be subdivided to share with others around.
I knew one day, I desired to be in a better position to make a great impact on the lives of people who are in need. Most times we see these people and take their condition for granted. But for me, I always questioned the “what ifs”, what if this was me? What if this was my brother? What if this was my friend? We sometimes bypass the little things we observe daily without realizing that these little things we take for granted can be a life-changer for someone else.
Several years ago, when I applied for a scholarship, it was a requirement to write an essay stating why I should be given such an award. The following quotation which immediately came to mind resonates with me to this day. “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” It has always been a dream of mine to give back to those in need. Although I was not successful for the scholarship, it did not diminish my passionate commitment to provide assistance to others in need. It became a reality when I was able to donate to the Care Project and provide hot meals to the homeless.
The Care Project is a home for children with severe mental and physical disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda.
Some may question why I was magnetized to The Care Project. Here is the answer.
On (the) January 1, 2021, my team and I prepared and distributed over twenty packages which included hot meals to the homeless within the St. John’s and St. Paul’s area. It gladdened me to experience heartfelt expressions of appreciation and to see them enjoying the meals.
I enjoyed seeing the smiles and other expressions of happiness my team and I were able to bring to the faces of those in need and we are committed to making this a regular initiative.
In closing, I would like to thank my family, team members and friends for their unstinting support in helping me fulfil my wildest dreams. You all are my source of strength and motivation.
My team Rock! I love you all