On this July 21st, what can you do in 10 seconds that could change a child’s life? This national holiday was created to help and inspire children and bring communities together through education as well as to spread awareness throughout the country.
Here are some personal experiences from some of our employees here at DollarDays about why helping and inspiring children is important to them:
“I taught elementary school for 6 years and loved watching the amount of learning that could be accomplished in only a year’s worth of time. Within this short amount of time, children come from not being able to read at all to being able to read almost fluently as well as math equations. When the school year came to an end, there was always a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment that I was able to help these children accomplish their goals and create helpful building blocks that will be of use for them in the future.”
-Cathy Nolan, Editor
“I work closely with a nonprofit organization which provides essential care and services to unaccompanied minors who have fled their home countries and seek to live a better life in the United States. I personally know how tough this process can be, especially without parental guidance at such a young age, and it holds a special place in my heart that I can give these kids a sense of comfort by providing them with basic needs such as hygiene essentials, personal care, clothing, and lots more. It is rewarding to me that I can play my part in giving these children a normal life such as a place to live, go to school, play sports, have lunch with their friends, celebrate birthdays, and much more.”
-Rosi Velazquez, Account Manager
“I have always had a servant heart and for years being a foster mom was something I thought I would want to do. The time came when it was right in my life to commit to being a foster parent and provide young children, who have been through unimaginable situations, a safe and loving environment. Over five years, I have fostered eight children ranging in age from 10 weeks old to 6 years old. Fostering has filled my heart with the ability to watch these children blossom from frightened little people into confident, happy little people. It is a blessing to be able to bring joy to a child who may not have had much to laugh about because of the hard places from which they may have come. Being instrumental in teaching these children about love, kindness, friendship, and trust, fills my heart with such pride and just as much humility. The hard days, which can be challenging, never overshadow those incredible moments of being a part of changing the course of a child’s life. Fostering has taught me more about myself, being kind, forgiving, having patience, and learning not to sweat the small stuff, for which I will forever be grateful.”
-Lisa Periatt, Director of Merchandising
It only takes 10 seconds to hold the door for someone, it only takes 10 seconds to give a compliment, it only takes 10 seconds to say a prayer, it only takes 10 seconds to notice someone is in need of your help, and it only takes 10 seconds to give a child a hug. In honor of National Be Someone Day, let’s challenge ourselves to take 10 seconds out of our day to help a child in need.