Activate Good coordinated efforts throughout Wake County for hundreds of volunteers to make a difference while honoring heroes who died on September 11.
Friends of Wake County Guardian ad Litem Program were among several nonprofits who organized a service project station at Activate Good's Commemoration event held at Red Hat Amphitheater. Volunteers at our station made holiday cards for foster and impoverished children.
The last three community members touched my heart when they shared their story of pain from being abandoned as children. Lingering long after the sun went down, the trio worked on cards they hoped would brightened a child who was in a similar situation.
Here's the poem included in one of the cards:
You are someone.
You are somebody.
You are sweet.
You are kind.
Always remember that you matter and that you are not alone.
someone loves you, and they care about you.
Always say to yourself, I am someone.
There is a brighter day.
The poem looks a bit like a top that could spin and spin. A reflection of the lives of foster children who at times feel as though they are spinning endlessly in and out of homes, schools and activities, hoping to one day stop in a forever home.
I am grateful for the volunteers who came last night. The impact will last a lifetime for those who receive the cards made and who may one day be encouraged to give back - just like our sweet trio last night.
The 9/11 Day of Service is a national and global initiative to mobilize volunteers to engage in good deeds and support causes as a way to honor heroes lost in service on September 11. The first national 9/11 Day of Service took place in 2002.
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.