Community Outreach Day 2011

This post was written by Allyse R. our guest blogger and PR intern.

Okay, if you weren't at Community Outreach Day this year, you truly missed out. It was a day, I believe, Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of. Volunteers began to arrive around 8:30 a.m. and continued coming for the next hour or so. The line to receive this year's T-shirt was long, but I never found a frown among the crowd. Everyone seemed happy to serve. I was given the assignment to be a photographer. Now before you go thinking that qualifies me, in any way as a professional, it doesn't. I consider myself more of a creative "point and shooter" than a "photographer". But I had a lot of fun seeing Community Outreach Day through the lens of a camera. (View photos on Facebook)

I feel I may have benefited most, from my photographs, as I walked from project to project, room to room, capturing moments here and there. I saw first hand, the service being given. For example, I saw a little boy sitting on his father's lap to decorate a card. Once he was done, he set the card aside and began a second. As I passed by, I may have read what he wrote, "Dear Soldiers, thank you for keeping us free, Happy Valentines Day." In another room I saw a big tough guy delicately tie colorful tulle onto an elastic band. When I asked what he was doing, he replied, "I'm making a tutu for a little girl in the hospital-I think she'll like it, it's pretty sweet."

In another room a boy carefully made a sock puppet, complete with a green vest and a pink fluffy nose. The girls next to him made a toy spider and button decorated frames. These toys and others were lovingly made for children in need. I walked around for hours, impressed with the kindness, determination, and thoughtfulness of the volunteers. I saw students of all ages, families, and sports leagues unite to serve. It truly was a COMMUNITY day of outreach.

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