Giving back is a part of life, and big on the list. Not something I was necessarily “taught” as a child, but something that came over time, at home, in college, and when I entered the “real” world. Who knew that Foster Care, Adoption, and giving back would soon become a large part of my life.
In college I joined Alpha Phi Omega, a National Co-Ed Service Fraternity, and learned what it meant to give back as a group as well as individually. It was a great way to meet people and also feel good about what you were doing. Yes, we had our fair share of parties and fun, but “being in service” was the goal.
Into to a job, and a boss who I learned so much from, beginning with giving back. I am not sure he realizes what an impact he had on me in that regard but he did. Here was this highly paid, VIP, who people were in awe of, yet so down to earth and giving of his time, money, and love….to his church, community, his family, his co-workers, and anyone who needed it. He also adopted internationally and has always been an inspiration to me.
Fast forward, to married with kids, and already involved in my church and my community. When the opportunity to Foster came to light, it was an easy decision. We could help one family, one child, and make a difference in their lives. It was about giving back. It is much easier to do than most people think, and it doesn’t have to be long term….you can make a lasting impact on the system and a child, in small ways like emergency care, respite, or having a fund raiser!
Today I saw a tweet about a touching story…two boys who are Seniors in HS in New Jersey, adopted as babies, who met and found out about eachother at a chance meeting while they were in 8th grade. The bond was formed. And, together they’ve decided to give back to foster kids in a fun way! All while creating awareness and raising money for the Dave Thomas Foundation. It’s a wonderful story, one of many I hope my kids will learn about and take to heart….as I teach them about foster care, adoption, and giving back to their community.
I commented on a YouTube video the boys posted featuring their story, and hope you will too. I let them know I thought they were doing GREAT things! Hopefully inspiring and encouraging them to continue the journey of making a difference and giving back…..for ALL the kids!
Small things make a big difference….you have the power to change a life!
What are your thoughts about giving back? Did you learn from your parents? How do you “give back” or pay it forward? What have you taught your kids about this or is it something that just happens? Do you know of any other foster kids giving back? I would love to encourage and cheer them on!