A child is one of the most vulnerable individuals in society; the stability of their life is out of their control. The path their family is on is the path they must take as well. It is unfortunate how children do not get to choose their quality of life.
To help children cope with this circumstance, I have been involved with an event in Detroit called “The Royal Babyshower.” Guests in attendance are asked to bring a donation of diapers, baby clothing, wipes, formula, etc., which are then donated to homeless mothers and children at Cass Community Social Services. For the past three years we have been able to fill a large bus with donated supplies. It is a beautiful thing to see the community come together to support such a wonderful cause.
This year at the event I was in charge of distributing raffle tickets to the guests who brought in donations. As the guests arrived, they would come to my table to receive and buy an assortment of raffle tickets. The tickets could then be used to bid on a variety of raffle items in the silent auction.
Taking on this role presented myself with multiple challenges. When individuals would approach the table they would be unclear as to what their donation consisted of and gave me too much information all at once, which made it difficult to efficiently distribute the tickets. In this position I was forced to problem solve different ways to effectively communicate with individuals. This role was more challenging than I anticipated, but provided me with a life experience that I may encounter again in the future.
The success of the babyshower was a team effort. If the volunteers did not have a passion for what they were doing, the event would not have been as successful. I am glad to have been able to partake, for the fourth year now, in “The Royal Baby Shower.” It brings me peace knowing the donations from this event will help homeless children and mothers in need.
Hours of service: 4