Andy and Sarah wanted to teach their young boys, Noah and James, about compassion and the values of helping others, so they volunteered with Citymeals on Wheels. They thought that spending time preparing the food and organizing the trips was a good start.
Every time they had to deliver food they would ask the boys to get involved. They helped organize the meals and prep the car for the trips while their parents planned the visits.
For every trip they made there was a lesson to be learned. Andy and Sarah would explain why people live in different conditions, why some people need help and why is important to help others, in Andy’s words:
“It gives us an opportunity to show them that sometimes people need help, and we can be the ones who can help them.”
“I want them to learn to help whenever they can. If they see someone in need and they can offer a hand, that they’ll be the types of people who’ll just do it.”
The boys started to understand the importance of helping others and became eager to help. They would rush to hold elevators’ doors and press buttons while their parents carried the food.
Trip by trip Andy and Sarah started to see that James and Noah were becoming more curious about the people they helped. Suddenly the volunteering experience had become a lot more than just helping their parents.
The boys look forwarding to their weekend trips to the Bronx, and as many of the people they visit are homebound they are thrilled to see the children. Andy and Sarah couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and they hope that in the years to come the boys will keep helping others as much as they possibly can.