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Volunteering at Haven House in Brentwood

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Scott Kiley, Hempstead

As I walked in through the two sliding doors, I knew this was going to be a very educational experience. My soccer team and I were volunteering to work and help out at Haven House homeless shelter in Brentwood. We collected more than 35 items of food, and more than 25 packs of pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, and Post-its. At about 6 a.m. we headed over there.

When we first got there we were greeted at the front desk. Then we went into their “homework room.” We decorated the walls with posters and signs, filled containers with pencils and pens, and put together goodie bags for them.

At about 6:30 a.m., 20 little kids younger than 10 strolled in, and their eyes lit up when they saw the supplies around them. We showed them the crafts and took some of them to decorate the building with window stickers and streamers.

I still remember one girl named Serenity. She was about 5 and she lived there all of her life. She was drawing on my friend with the new markers we got her. Being with a lot of people that didn’t have a home made me realize how lucky I was to have a roof over my head and a loving family inside of it.

I think every kid should get to have an opportunity like this because it will show them to be grateful for the little things even if it is having a home or just having enough money for school supplies. Kids today need to do community service because it will show them to be grateful for their life and not worrying about the little things or not having the latest trends.

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