A Gift for the Soul
My experience has to do with a nonprofit called Wellness GIFTS. The acronym stands for giving inspiration for the soul and while it is not the reason that I originally gave, it has everything to do with why i keep giving. Wellness GIFTS provides respite services to families who have children with developmental disabilities. I first joined this program since the retreat weekends are held at a camping resort that i worked at and as we all know it never hurts to rack up brownie points with your boss, but as i previously stated this is not the reason that i stayed.
Through my participation with this program i have had the pleasure of seeing things that inspire the soul in ways little other things can. I have seen participants explode out of their comfort zone with a sense of joy that you never would have believed upon meeting them for the first time. I have seen kids that would not speak to anyone get up on stage and perform at a talent show. I have seen kids say they don't have any friends and then turn around and make 3 in the same weekend. I have seen a group of families turn into a community.
Most of all though I have seen souls inspired and hope instilled in families, volunteers, and myself. This is a program that I believe in and that is why I am inspired to give.
Review from #MyGivingStory