Today I received a thank- you note from a teacher in Noble, Oklahoma, because Choose To Care (CTC) had donated to their classroom project through Donors Choose(www.donorschoose.org).
The teacher had requested shoes for her students, "help me give my students shoes to wear with soles and without holes!" she wrote. According to Mrs. M, the teacher, several of her students could not afford shoes of their own. She called some of their shoes 'talking shoes'(when the sole flops free of the rest of the shoes); 'peek-a-boo-toes'(when there are holes in the front of the side of the shoes) or 'giant shoes'(when kids who were size 5 come to school in their adults size 11 shoes and just tie them really tight to keep them on) She spoke about a student who wore a pair of shoes held together with a binder clip.
"I've seen duct tape, string, staples and bread ties but the binder clip was a first for me" she stated.
In her thank-you for donation toward her Donors Shoes(the name she gave it)project, she talked about the students happy reaction on receiving a brand new pair of shoes. The story of one of the students stayed with me, This selfless child wanted to let someone else whom he decided needed shoes more than him have his. This young man, Mrs. M stated was wearing his mom's black boots that were way too big; he was sock-less, wearing his jacket as a shirt with nothing underneath and had worn the same pair of pants for several days in a row. The teacher not only provided him with his own brand new pair of shoes but he also received socks and a change of clothes and he was thankful.
This child even in dire need, understood the importance of kindness and was willing to sacrifice his own need to help a fellow student. This is so heart-warming, I had to share. I also find it fitting to share my poem also.
Easing On Down To Kindness Road
She cried out to no one in particular
Hoping anyone and everyone
Would hear her plea
"This is not a hard road to travel" she said
"Come let me show you how
Get ready for a journey down Kindness Road"
Fret not if you come across a bump
Here and there
First timers may feel a bit sore
But on your next round
You will make it without a moan
Just point to the way to Kindness Road
She shows him, he shows another
To the left, to the right, around the bend
You can't miss it
Any turn will lead to Kindness Road
"What if I have a change of heart?" you ask
Too late, says the Genie
That's the wish granted to your fellowmen
And it has spread like wildfire
Any Street, Any Lane, The Alley, The Avenue
Will take you down Kindness Road
There you will find them
Joyfully banding together
For a kinder world
psw(from the Jump For Joy series)