No one has ever become poor by giving. -Anne Frank
In doing your best serving others for free, a lot of eyebrows will raise and sneers will curve many a-faces. But in the end those incredulous to what you put up with to help, no longer matter. It's not between you and those snobs, but with whom you have given your hand to lift, and of course to God who Is watching and noting it in your book. -Mother Theresa
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ... -James 2:14-24
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35
If you know me, you know I come from a long list of volunteers. My family has been involved in charity work for as long as I can remember. My grandmother, grandfather, and parents were involved in a lot of volunteer work in Florida. My parents have been involved in animal rescue in Georgia. My dad used to fly sick patients for free through Angel Flight. My brother used to run a Car Care Ministry where he donated his time and money towards helping others in financial need with car repairs. My parents used to volunteer at a soup kitchen. I volunteered at the Humane Society walking dogs when I was in elementary school and helped with adoptions in middle school. I volunteered hundreds of hours at the hospital in high school. My family is not new to the world of helping others. In fact, it is so ingrained in me that I feel any minute sitting around is time wasted for others. It is just a way of life for us.
Wes and I became involved in therapy dog work after Blondie passed away last year. I always wanted to use Tanker as a therapy dog, especially for special need children. Tanker has a disability. Who is better to show a kid that you can be happy and live life well with a disability than a dog? Blondie did not have the temperament to be a therapy dog. She was an excellent dog, but not a therapy dog. I never had Tanker tested when she was alive because I felt bad taking him places and leaving Blondie at home. Blondie passed away unexpectedly when I was in Georgia taking care of my grandmother at the end of her life. Tanker got depressed, so I looked to adopt a new dog for him within a few days. I looked for a dog with qualities that would make a good therapy dog. I found Topher at Georgia Humane Society through Petfinder.com. He could not have been more perfect for us. We bonded instantly and he and Tanker became good friends from the get go. We trained and trained until six months later when we were evaluated to become therapy dog teams through Delta Society and we passed! Our adventures of spreading God's love through dog's paws started then.
At the end of the day, we were exhausted again. We came home and Wes had to work on a paper for school. He is doing excellent in school with a 97% average. We spent some time with our other zoo members and then went to bed. This weekend filled our souls with love and our hearts with joy. Life is good in the Foster Zoo!
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves. -James M. Barrie
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. -Albert Einstein