For our first service day, we gathered up our popcorn and muffins and walked over to our neighborhood park on January 19th to meet some new moms and their kids before heading to fire station 32. I was pretty nervous.
After awkwardly trying to figure out if the ladies at the park were there to play or to meet up with us, we made our introductions and loaded our cars. It was a really fun morning. The guys at the station were awesome: they appreciated our treats, and they took the time to show us around. My son loved getting to sit on the driver’s seat of the fire truck, and he was almost beside himself when he found out that he would get to help the spray the hose.
Even though bringing treats to a fire station might not be as helpful as feeding the hungry, I loved the project because my son loved it. It was a fun way to kick off the year and to remind him that we should take time to show gratitude to those who are serving in our community. I am so thankful for everyone who came out, and I can’t wait for our February project!
Want to try this with your family?
If you are interested in doing this with your family, here are some things to think about.
- Go for it! It was a great experience and an awesome way to spend a morning.
- Call first: They might be busy running a drill or something, so make sure to let the fire chief know when to expect you.
- Plan strategic snacks: one of our group members gave us great advice. She suggested bringing food for breakfast or quick, packaged snack foods rather than sweet baked goodies. She said that bananas, bacon, and granola bars would be more helpful for long days. I’m sure any and all snacks are appreciated, but I love her advice.
- Get your kids involved! Take them shopping for snacks, read stories, and play with fire trucks at home. Focus on the idea of showing gratitude.
We had a great time bringing treats to firefighters, and if you didn’t join us for this project, feel free to go on your own any time. Also, please let people know about our club so that more people can get involved. See our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/587494308048193/
Thanks so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose!