Bring it on, Mother Nature. We’ll have fun no matter how many times you change your mind about the weather.
Sometimes it was steamy, hot. Then we’d get a downpour. Next was hazy humid. Then there’d be an hour-shower. A bit of a break to play outside, followed by gray skies and more rain. Then to our surprise…hail! So it went a few more times, with booms and bangs as well.
As the rain fell, we were always safe and cozy inside. We had plenty of good food to eat and amazing friends to our left and right. This was the perfect time to introduce a couple of ways in which we could make a positive difference in the world, basically just by caring for others.
First, it starts at our Skylemar home, with a “Cool 2 Care” commercial. See if you can follow what we watched on the stage:
Act One: Tennis Pro Ted is working on his dance moves, and not making much progress. Along comes camper QB who sees Ted and feels bad for his struggle. “Hey, Ted, can I teach you how to Juju on that beat?”, asks QB. QB demonstrates, and then patiently teaches Ted.
Act Two: Nick Shep happens to see QB caring about Ted (after all, it’s kind of humiliating to not know how to Juju on that beat, right?), so he heads to the “Caring Cooler” on the office porch and fills out a card describing QB’s act of kindness. What’s written on the card is shared with all, to inspire others to do the same kind of thing.
In fact, we’re excited to share that the Caring Cooler already has a couple of worthy mentions inside!
This was a smooth segue to introduce a way in which we can care for other kids who perhaps aren’t as fortunate. Our special guest Matt Hoidel, president of “World of Change”, shared his spectacular vision of contributing loose pocket change to help needy children in areas of housing, hunger, education, health, play and so forth. (see www.worldofchange.change)
Matt had some points which helped us to visualize how much assistance others truly needed from us. For example, if 1 in 5 kids in America struggles with hunger, that would be like 60 people in the Rec Hall during a meal. And, if you saved $700 over an entire year and put it towards a new iPhone, that amount of money could instead be used to serve 2,800 meals for those who are hungry. Both facts make you think twice.
So here’s how we’ll contribute to “World of Change”. Each time the boys go on a trip and are allotted spending money, we’ll give them a little bit more than they really “need”. When they return it will be up to them to decide how much to contribute to the giant “World of Change” bottles.
But in the same way that the weather challenges us to be more resourceful, we figured a “World of Change” challenge was in order. With the goal of collecting as much loose change as possible, one bottle has a photo of Waterfront Director Peter on the front, and the other has a picture of Waterfront Director Joel. Nothing like some friendly Skylemar competition!