I went to work early on Wednesday morning with a sour attitude and severe determination to finish a project that had been frustrating me for over a week. After I made my coffee and slammed down at my desk, a co-worker approached me and surprised me with two full shopping bags of school supplies that he bought for Operation Backpack for Volunteers of America Greater New York! I jumped up and gave him a big hug. I couldn’t believe it! It was unbelievably generous. It made me so HAPPY!
I had posted a flyer in the breakroom at the studio a few weeks ago announcing my plan to participate in Operation Backpack and my request for assistance. I have always felt uncomfortable asking for donations towards a charity for several reasons: I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to donate or volunteer if they are not interested or think it will affect my feelings toward them if they say NO.
The co-worker who donated the school supplies is a carpenter that has been working with me for almost six months and I don’t know him very well. He had asked me for the list of supplies showing an interest in the organization and the project and I was just excited that I had a good feedback from the staff. He later approached me in private explaining that he had grown up in poverty and he wanted to help a child because he knew what it felt like to have nothing. He embraced the opportunity to make a significant impact on a homeless child with a simple task and I hope he knows his act of kindness will change a child’s life significantly.
“being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” – unknown
I just want to say THANK YOU for all the donations and support I’ve received on this project and a special THANKS to my co-worker for his generous contribution!