Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's all circular

It’s Christmas Eve here and I have wanted to share some images of generosity for a few weeks. This time of year my lens goes pro-bono documenting the work of some generous people to make the holidays a bit more merry for folks who don't have much but their life (refugees) and some family.

The Welcome to America Project, as you may know, provides basic needs, household items for newly arrived refugee families and adopts 60 families each holiday season. The Pedal Power Foundation provides bikes to kids who whose families could never provide themselves.

I’ll keep it simple.

Whaaaat? No wisdom, no deep heart-felt thoughts inspired by the holidays and the benefits of giving?

Okay, well maybe just one.

I’ve mentioned this one before because it resonates.

Double duty, photo'ing my family bearing gifts for a Burmese family.
I’ll never forget the bit of wisdom of John Benson, a nurse, counselor,  jack of all trades and entertainer of orphans in AmeriCares camp on a Rwandan mountain top in 1994 contemplating why he volunteered to spend three months helping the Rwandan people at this clinic, “I get more than I give...(but) it's all circular.”

His example, the more you give the more comes back to you.

Volunteerism, do we do it because it feels good, or because it is the right thing to do?


A new game to help with English
Is Pink okay?

Mike presents one of 70 bikes
Loves her new dolly

Joy comes in green.
A little story of challenge and success from Burundian refugee.

Girl talk

Warmth in a gift of thick socks.

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Before giving we must assemble

Gene delivers another bike after quality control check

Mike the bike elf himself.

 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!!!!