Handing Out Happiness
In order to graduate high school, mission volunteer Erika had to fulfill a certain amount of community service. While waiting until the last minute to complete the hours, she was directed to the mission. We put her to work, and procrastination over this senior project has turned into a habit of handing out happiness.
Erika says, “I volunteer at the front counter giving out dog food, socks, and hygiene products. I answer the phone and direct the calls to the right person. I help with people who need English to Spanish translation. I do some data entry. I help at the clothing giveaway; where we give items such as clothes and hygiene. I help with the farmer’s market and food pantry.” With a smile as big as her heart, she finishes, “I’ve basically done everything here. I just wanted to experience it all. The environment makes me feel like we are family here.”
What was once a project has now become a way of life for Erika. She states, “As I began to interact with the community, I felt like I was where I needed to be. I put in as many hours as I can. At times, I’m here from 10am to 3pm daily.”
Erika hasn’t always handed out happiness. She says, “I am the baby of five children, so I was a bit selfish. Volunteering has helped me in that area and I feel closer to God. I now recognize that I am blessed with material things and giving back makes me feel good. Giving people the things they need like food and hygiene is kinda like giving them a piece of happiness and I feel like I am making their day brighter. This experience makes me realize that it’s better to give than to receive, and in return, you get a lot of joy.”
Don’t wait for a senior project or procrastinate another day. Come help hand out happiness by volunteering at the mission today!