A few days before the event, Service Coordinator Paris Wright got an email from one of our moms involved with the program. "Hi Paris," she wrote, "The 28th is my daughter's 10th birthday and I can't think of a better way to spend the morning than to do some community service. We would love to help volunteer for this project." Paris and the rest of our staff were blown away by the spirit of generosity in these few simple sentences. We knew we needed to make this a special time for this special family.
When mom Christina and daughter Amelia arrived, we had a few surprises waiting for them - cupcakes and a special birthday game. Then all of our From the Heart families joined in singing "Happy Birthday" to Amelia. It was such a fun time for everyone.
We don't know how the rest of Amelia's birthday turned out, but we know for a few hours she had a great time giving back to her community and celebrating with other families intent on making the world around them a better place.
Many thanks to Isadora Stowe and Alberto Careaga from CASP for designing the mural and the many hours of hard work they put in to take it from design to reality.
Summer From the Heart events are coming to an end, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved. Visit our website to find out how or email Paris Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about upcoming From the Heart activities.