The Good Deed Many people do good deeds for a wide variety of reasons. A good deed is helping someone without looking for a reward or a pat on the back. Think about how much one receives and consider volunteering to help someone, keep busy, repay a dept, or just for fun! No matter what, it will feel good after helping another. In my case I choose to help the R.
O. T. C. with the Shepherd Center and the Salvation Army for the Doll and Toy Fund Distribution.
For some strange reason I thought it would be a great idea to help families in need. Sure I have donated money for Adopt a Child in class around Christmas time but getting to actually see the kids pick and receive their presents, this would be an experience I would never forget. When I got up Saturday morning to go to Bolton I thought this would be the easiest yet most wonderful thing I’ve ever done in my life. I thought wrong. When I got to the school there was people wrapped around the building and cars everywhere. I proceeded to walk into the boys gym lobby where there were tons of unopened boxes of toys everywhere.
I grabbed the box cutter and started opening boxes. After all the boxes were opened, Angela and I started making displays with the Easy Bake Ovens and all the collectable Barbies. I wasn’t so bitter anymore I was starting to have fun. About nine thirty we opened the doors and families started to pour into the lobby. Some parents that came in had five and six children that came in with them. While at the same time some parents came alone came alone so the kids Christmas presents would be a surprise.
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At first I helped hand out the toys at the table. The little boys seemed to really like the cool looking remote control PT Land Cruisers. Maybe that’s why they were all gone by ten o’clock. Then I handed out batteries for the children’s toys.
As I was a getting a little bored I thought to myself,” If I was ever going to get to interact and talk to these people I would have to find a way to get out of handing out batteries.” With so many people coming in and out, All I could tell them was Merry Christmas before they rushed out of the packed area. Around ten thirty i managed to find a way to get outside. So I went to the Salvation Army truck were my friend Sarah was. We had to help the people take these big boxes of food to there cars. The first box I held I thought that it would be as light as a feather, I was awfully wrong. That box felt as if it were forty pounds.
There must have been a whole turkey and all the trimmings in those boxes. I had to carry one box all the way to the side street across from Bolton. By the time we reached the car my finger tips were numb. I didn’t seem to notice because I was talking to a Mexican lady who kept asking me if I was alright. She told me how this might be the only food that her kids might get to eat on Christmas. She must have had four or five kids because she had about that many toys.
This really made me think off how blessed I am to have two parents who can take care of me. I helped many more people to their cars but the Mexican woman was the only one who seemed to stick in my head. About twelve o’clock we were to take an hour break. I was so excited thinking I get to help some more parents and kids take food to their car, when my sister showed up early at the school and I had to leave. I was so upset because I was suppose to stay and help till three o’clock. When I got home all I could think about was how much fun it was helping someone other than myself.
When I finished my good deed I thought about how much fun I had helping other people. Although I might be helping someone today someone else might be helping me tomorrow. Instead of thinking of it as something I did for someone I think of it as an exchange, my help for the smiles on their face.
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