Wednesday’s are a day that I look forward to with much anticipation each week. When I enter the preschool classroom at Star of Hope’s Transitional Living Center, I receive warm greetings of smiles and hugs by every three and four year old in the room. I must say it is quite an encouragement to feel so appreciated.
A typical morning of volunteering includes reading stories, playing in centers and helping the children with their writing.
I was first introduced to the Transitional Living Center several years ago while touring Star of Hope’s facilities with fellow Trees of Hope Board members. Trees of Hope is a non-profit organization which conducts fund raising activities along with Mother’s Day and Back to School Shoe events for Star of Hope.
When I saw the precious children at the facility, I knew this was where I wanted to volunteer. I began by bringing my high school children to volunteer in the summer. I became attached to the Star of Hope children, and it became a year round opportunity for me.
Some weeks are more challenging than others as these children have come from difficult circumstances. Nevertheless, it is so rewarding to see them learn and grow. The wonderful preschool teachers incorporate enduring Christian principles in everything they teach.
As I leave the classroom each week with more hugs and “please stay and play” responses from the preschoolers, I am reminded of the truth of Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Trees of Hope Guild Member
Star of Hope Mission Volunteer