I know there are folks out there who would look at our students and individuals with a “glass half empty” view. They see “poor little special needs people” and can I just say-- how wrong they are! My view is that of a community of strength & resilience. Of people who ask “How can I help?” not “How can you help me?” Many schools now include a “community service” requirement for graduation….and that’s wonderful but frankly, you are coming a little late to our party! We welcome your service; thank you for joining our kids and adults who, in spite of their challenges, have been doing this for years, often without any reminders from adults about it! I remember quilts being make for disaster victims back in the 1980’s, of knitted hats made for babies with HIV, of food drives and craft sales all with a focus on people somewhere in the world, in need.
That’s one thing that continues to ring true at any time of year. It truly is better to give than receive.
“I know there is strength in the differences between us.
I know there is comfort where we overlap.”