I participated in the fashion show for pediatric cancer patients in the Wolfchase mall. I was in charge of Cammi, a five year old girl going through chemo. I met her and her parents at the makeup section in Dillards. This is where i learned they are from North Carolina and a little bit about their journey. They told me that they travel to St.Jude at least once a month from North Carolina. Cammi's parents where so kind and hopeful- it was an amazing reminder to appreciate and not take for granted my own good health.
I was in charge or making sure she felt comfortable and confident throughout the outfit changes and the walk down the runway. The first time she walked, she chose a "fashion outfit" and walked the runway alongside a real model. She was all over the place! Cammi is the most energetic and positive five year old girl I've ever met! The second time she walked, she chose her “dream profession” and walked the runway with a role-model who works in that field. She wants to be an artist when she grows up so the organization found a local artist to walk with her!
This whole experience was so eye-opening. I was reminded to appreciate my health and all the good life gives to me. More importantly, I was reminded to give some of my good back to others who need it. It does not cost anything to put a smile on a child's face and is the most rewarding gift I could recieve.
Throughout my MIFA experience, my group and I packed non-perishable for those in need. These bags are for their meals-on-wheels program where they deliver meals for homebound seniors to store and use when inclement weather prohibits regular meals delivery by volunteers. They also made us aware of the other volunteer opportunities they offered, such as their MIphone Buddy. Through this volunteers give weekly/monthly calls to areas seniors who are homebound or isolated.
This opened my eyes to a problem I had not made myself aware of. There are so many seniors who are isolated and in need of not only bare essentials such as food, but also a bit of companionship. I see myself volunteering with MIFA again soon and might even participate in the MIphone Buddy program!
Aster College Preparatory Charter School is a new charter school. The principal told us all about her journey in raising money, finding the proper educators, and finding students. She won an award through scholastic to help fund her school. Our purpose was to help decorate the school and bring it to life. Apart from decorating we also had to help sort and organize all of the school supplies. We watched how the students interact in their everyday school life. Overall we just helped bring the school to life and organize for the incoming year.