Their reactions to the van is nothing short of amazing and very humbling
It is often the little things in life that we take for granted. Carol, however, was reminded of the value in even the smaller items. She explained the basic item of socks – “we might all take them for granted, but our clients have none. So, when your feet are cold, the rest of your body is cold… I guess it seems a small thing, but to see these people and their reactions to the van is nothing short of amazing and very humbling,”. Many of the people who visit the van do not believe they are worthy of socks, or any clothing for that matter. However, Carol noted the way one man felt “so proud to think he was deserving of such clothing,” and to “see his face was wonderful”.
It’s truly amazing to see our clients walk away with new clothing
Carol expressed how grateful she felt to be able to make a difference to people’s lives, noting that “it’s truly amazing to see our clients walk away with new clothing. I, myself, am honoured to be on the front line giving out the clothing and be part of such an incredible venture,”. Giving back to a community not only benefits those in need, but also has a profound impact on the individual, as Carol experienced. Something as simple as giving up time in your day to lend a helping hand can have an even greater affect than you might imagine. Indeed, these affects are seen immediately with something as small as a smile on the face. On reflection of her time and her fondness of her time volunteering, Carol contemplates, “how do you bottle up a smile that’s full of gratitude?”.
It is clear that this powerful experience will remain with Carol for a long time to come.