The kids and I went to the WI Veteran’s Home and helped place the wreaths on the graves! I had to do a little convincing to get them out in the cold, I explained why we were doing it, honoring the Veteran’s, but all I really had to say was “Uncle John would be so proud of you” (my brother serves and they talk to him about it). There were 100+ volunteers, placing wreaths on about 6,800 graves. The wreaths arrived late, so we did get a late start and there was some lag time getting the wreaths delivered to the top of the hill, but we got to talk to some other volunteers, Marek the social butterfly, made a few friends whether they wanted to or not. We had a fun time, although the snow made it a bit harder to walk in the cemetery, it was so pretty. They both actually said they wanted to do it again next year…. We shall see.
I would like to share this below.
This year my wife and I have tried to make a point to teach our older son about giving back to others. Whether it be volunteering time or donating some unused toy’s to other kids. We really thought it would be a good lesson for the boys. What we didn’t expect is to remember ourselves how important it is to give back and how much fun it can be to do things for others.
On Thanksgiving Day my son Liam and I drove around and delivered meals for Faith Community Church’s free meal. It was a great experience overall and a real opportunity to talk with those in our community who are in need of social connections more than anything. We had so much fun that we plan to do it for Christmas and every year from here on out. What a great opportunity as a family to give back.
As we near Christmas time I think it is wise to remember that all of us have time to give back and how beneficial it can be to others.
Andrew Whitman | Recreation Program Supervisor
City of Waupaca Parks and Rec