I had a lot to smile about last week, but also a lot that was, well, different… I had some plans for today’s smile that fell through (don’t worry, nothing bad happened). So I will do a little reflection and mention Tuesday.
Reading the news and social media, I have seen the worst side of human behavior come out more than ever. But I have also seen the best side. In fact, I have seen the best side come out in so many fantastic ways.
Being the president of our local Lions Club I get to see a lot of what goes on in my community. Not everything, by any stretch! But we do provide the umbrella organization for our local food pantry, so I have some insight there. And then there is a new grassroots organization that has sprung up to help. They cook meals, give out food, etc. One of their goals is to help people enough with the donations they get so these people don’t put a strain on the food pantry.
The local Lions have donated gift cards to local take out restaurants to give to some of these families in need. This goes through that local grassroots organization. In the last few weeks we have also been donating gas cards to that same organization. These gas cards are going to caregivers – people who work in clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. who live in out town. It can be anyone from doctors and nurses to janitors and assistants, it doesn’t matter, they all put themselves at risk for us.
On Tuesday that organization (Wilton Cares) did a photo shot with me and Deb, the Lions member who actually picked up the cards (a lot of work, since every card had to be validated). Here is a photo with the first batch of cards we gave – this was on the Wilton Cares’ FaceBook page.
Yes, wearing our masks and begin socially distanced ;) And, yes, I purposefully wore that shirt to match my mask ;)
My smile this week is about all of the local organizations, many grassroots, that have stepped up in this time of need to help our neighbors, where ever we may be.
What made you smile?