A few words from Pledge to Humanity:
I like to think of Pledge to Humanity as a bridge between the children in our community and those in need here and all around the world.
Equally important is the gift of empowering our children to share of themselves and understand the true meaning of giving and personally making a difference in the lives of others.
Picking Fresh Fruit for the Needy
On September 11, 2016, we went with the organization Urban Farmers, to pick fruit at 3 different houses. The goal of Urban Farmers is to make sure no food goes to waste and to provide healthy food to people who do not have easy access to it. They take volunteers to different houses where the volunteers pick the fruit trees that the owners can’t or don’t want to pick. During our trip we picked about 250 pounds of apples and worked for about 3 hours. After the food is picked it goes to places such as White Pony Express where its’ job is to distribute the fruit among different shelters and locations. The important moment we had during this service project was when a neighbor of a house we were picking for came up to us and explained how the apple tree we were picking was planted for a man’s wife and how after they passed away, the son and current owner did not like picking the apples so she was grateful to us for harvesting all of that fruit for charity. This service project was very fun and I would do it again.
Making Dinner at the Mountain View Emergency Center
Our community service group went to the Mountain View Emergency Center in Martinez. In the days before, we prepared ingredients for a taco bar, such as ground turkey, shredded cheese, guacamole, cilantro, salsa, et cetera. We brought the ingredients to the shelter and set up the taco bar, complete with a fruit salad, green salad, and cupcakes. One family that came was a mother and three children. The children were happy to eat the food and enjoyed the crafts that we set out, while their mother sat down and relaxed. It was good to do this because they do not have anywhere to live, so to just give parents a break from the stress felt good. Also, watching the children enjoy the food and crafts felt good because it was obvious that they liked and appreciated what we put together for them.
Making Valentines for Seniors
Our group, the Selfless Ambassadors, made valentines and distributed them to seniors on Valentine’s Day. The senior center we visited was Sunrise Assisted Living in Walnut Creek. One of my favorite parts about the visit was seeing the happy expressions on the seniors’ faces when they received a valentine. Lots of them did not have people to visit and talk to them, and it brightened up both our day and theirs. We also handed out chocolate to those who wanted it, and that also made them very happy.