Tuesday, April 16, 2013

If There Be Any Virtue

I had a Wicked English Teacher post ready to go, but frankly we've had enough wickedness for a while. So instead, I want to share with you the brightness of humanity. These are some of my students. They are 13 and 14 years old. They give us hope for the future.

Katy volunteers with the elderly, raking leaves and cleaning house; puts together hygiene kits for people in need, ties baby quilts for needy children, and donated eight inches of hair to Locks of Love.

Ashley helps organize a Thanksgiving canned food drive, organized, signed and passed out Christmas cards for seniors, helped feed the homeless, and helped with a toy drive. She would like to teach elementary school. Her goal is to join or start an organization to feed the homeless every week.

Hannah organized a lanyard sale and raised money for a local animal shelter. She planned and facilitated Christmas caroling at a senior center, collected supplies for military care packages, and helped with a junior livestock camp and farm yard experience. She would like to become a geneticist.

Marlowe served in children's ministry, helped with the Love Our Cities projects, served in a convalescent home, helped build homes in Mexico and helped feed families in need. 

Amarpreet writes Christmas Cards for the senior center, feeds the unfortunate, helps with the toy drive, made Thanksgiving food baskets for the needy, and helped distribute food at the Nagar Kirtan every year. She wants to become a heart surgeon or radiologist.

Emily helps make and distribute baby blankets to the hospital and leads singing, plays music, runs crafts, and plays bingo at retirement homes. She would like to be an engineer, author, or nuclear physicist. 

Another Emily helps feed the homeless and volunteers with Monkey Business, helping  kids whose loved ones have cancer.

Ellen volunteers at a local senior center doing "Fancy Fingertips," painting some of the ladies' nails. She also assists with sewing and distributing baby blankets to the hospital, and volunteers with the project to provide holiday food packages to the needy.

It's easy to get discouraged when horrific things happen around us, but these kids remind me daily that the world is not purely evil, that there are good hearts out there. The future is not all bleak with kids like this growing into adulthood.

Let's keep the good thoughts going! What positive thing have you seen that gives you hope? Share in the comments so we can bear one another up in these trying times.

...  whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
                               Philippians 4:8