The Superheroes of Kindness have been ready to get moving ever since the new school year started. So boy howdy, we did not start small. We were going to take that ready and raring energy and put it to use. Through word of mouth we discovered that an organization known as WORD was holding a necessity drive. The drive was to collect goods (toiletries, baby diapers/wipes, cleaning supplies) to help families who are unable to or need help purchasing those items. Now, although the ability to show kindness to others, and to help families, was definitely a driving factor, we definitely took note that the collection was happening just down the street from our school. This had Superhero of Kindness written all over it. To make the drive seem even more perfect, we had received a donation last spring. A friend of the heroes, Jolene, had received a gift card to use as she saw fit as part of a Pay It Forward program put on by the Washington Corporation. Well, loving the Superheroes, she bestowed us with the gift and we were waiting to use it on just the right mission. And here one fell right into our laps.
Some of the classes took a field trip down to our neighborhood grocery store, and helped the children each pick out one toiletry or baby item to donate. The discussion before hand was quite fun – I never realized how funny the word toiletry can be! I did find out the word itself is funny and distracting, but the word said in a very proper voice makes the word funny while not distracting. Anyway, it was quite the learning experience for myself and the children to figure out what this word was and what we were really getting. It was easy for us to figure out the why of our giving, after all it goes along with our annual food drive so well. And of course, we took the opportunity to practice flying. I mean, a superhero needs to hone up their skills once in a while.
Finally, the day came. Delivery day. Many children from the school were eagerly awaiting the ceremonious putting on of the capes. Some children brought their very own superhero capes from home, proudly announcing that fact. Smiles were found everywhere. And the parents. Oh boy, the parents. As excited as their children, so many parents jumped on the chance to join our end of the day mission. Watching this group, a true community in every sense of the word, gather just for the sake of showing kindness. Well, my heart was overwhelmed with joy. And I haven’t even mentioned all that we were bringing along! These families, in a very quiet but deliberate way, provided enough supplies that we filled five wagons(!), and had two big boxes to try to put on top of the wagons. It was unbelievable!