Giving Back Her Own Way
The Royal Family KIDS Mentoring Club in Lincoln, Nebraska asked the children this winter how they would like to serve the community. One little girl named Mira, conveyed that she wanted to give some of her clothes to the People’s City Mission and was adamant that she wanted to help homeless people.
We began the planning process and discussed ways to donate items, as well as other ways we could serve at the Mission.
I sometimes forget these kids have been through more than we can ever know. After we had started talking about serving at the Mission, Mira’s mom told me she didn’t think it would be a good idea for her to go to the Mission. Apparently, Mira and her biological family were in and out of the Mission when she was younger and sometimes for long periods of time. Mira’s mom was concerned that the atmosphere may bring up some bad memories and trigger some emotional responses that Mira may not be ready for at this point in time. That was not even on my radar. It made me understand and appreciate her desire to help the homeless so much more. She is an amazing child.
That being said, her mom suggested we donate to Harold’s Closet instead. Mira mindfully went through all of her clothes, toys, and books and picked out things that she wanted to give. Her entire family got on board and there were about five or six large garbage bags full of clothes, shoes, and toys for us to donate.
While I’m not sure this can be labeled a “service” project, I am super proud of Mira. Most people at mentoring club only get to see the energetic, athletic side of her—that of which can be hard to tame at times. But, she has a different side that I’ve been able to see; the soft, caring, and empathetic side. I could go on and on about Mira, but suffice it to say that she is an incredible girl and God is doing big things with her already.
Roberta Christensen, RFK Mentoring Director in Lincoln, NE