A Single Act of Compassion can Lead to an Avalanche of Change

Garfield School

In all, close to 500 people joined forces at three elementary schools in Redwood City – Roy Cloud, John Gill and Fair Oaks – because Serve The Peninsula partnered with three churches (New Hope Peninsula, Verbo Familia Cristina, and Peninsula Covenant Church), four PTAs (John Gill, Roy Cloud, and Fair Oaks in Redwood City and Oak Knoll in Menlo Park) and representatives from the neighboring communities – all to help those in need. Individuals from diverse ethnicities and social-economic backgrounds came together with one purpose – to help their neighbors. We huddled together in the cold morning rain and were warmed by the blessing of blessing those who teach our children.

We gardened, planted flowers, cleaned store rooms, sorted donated library books, assembled furniture, painted, and cleaned some more. By the end of the day, we had lots of ccna training sore muscles, but we had experienced the joy that comes from helping others. Several of us were asked “why” -- “Why do you work so hard?” “Why are you so kind to us?” Isn’t it interesting that when others experience grace, loving-kindness, giving without asking for anything in return, the first comment is always why? It was a beautiful day for the three schools and for everyone who participated.