Led by a committee of four Next Stop members and a volunteer mentor, The Next Stop participated in a project we called Help Haiti in November. Ms. Julie, one of volunteers is a strong advocate for The Good Shepherd School, a school her inlaws started over 30 years ago. It suffered major damage from the 2010 earthquake. She let us know what kinds of items would help the children who attend. To help our members to better understand WHO they were helping, they were shown pictures of the children at The Good Shepherd School. Their compassionate, generous spirits were evident–good character qualities we love to support!
Our first member committee met weekly with their mentor Ms. Leigh Ellen. Each week they told our members what item would be collected and they (and their families) responded awesomely. The first week the collection box was overflowing with toothpaste and toothbrushes. The next weeks pencils, erasers, decks of cards, and small toys came in each day.
This committee spent time discussing ideas of how to remind members of what to bring in, making a weekly FB post, sending an email to families each week and setting goals. Participating on a committee in not something most members (if any) of The Next Stop have ever had an opportunity to do. This effort was just one of our continual attempts to give our members the chance “grow” in self confidence, self worth and to mature. Their last group presentation ended with a “MERCI” (Creole–language of Haiti) to each member for their participation.
At the end of our collection, Ms. Julie came in to thank the members for their abundant and charitable gifts. She was going to deliver to The Good Shepherd School during her November trip so they would have for Christmas.