The Young Leaders Society teamed up with the Kelly Hall YMCA on December 15 to help assist families in need with their annual holiday party. All the volunteers got to experience the joy of giving during this holiday season. Our group joined the festivities early so we helped set up. There were so many gifts and so many volunteers that I heard someone mention “organized chaos” to describe that early phase. But in no time, and with some assertive leadership, the festivities of the event began. Families from the neighborhood were escorted through the gymnasium. Each child in the family could pick one large toy, one small toy, either a backpack or a stocking, and either a coat or gloves and a hat.
My brightest memory came from working at the coat table. A young boy shyly approached the table at the side of his mom. We picked out a jacket for him, and I encouraged him to try it on. It was like he transformed right in front of me. I could see his newly formed animation, and his eyes illuminated as he smiled at his mom. We slapped high five, and I could feel the emotion spread throughout my body. Several other members in our group mentioned how our volunteering experience really touched them, too. This was the only Christmas that many of these families would have this year. It felt good to make this holiday season special for them.
Post submitted on behalf of Russell Vilt, YLS Member.