by: Gillian Ford
Contributors: Cami Twilling & Middle High Youth
“Bingo!” “Would you like another bowl of ice cream?” If you were at the Olin Hotel on Wednesday afternoon this is what you would have heard, intermingled with lots of laughter, as the Trinity hosted their annual Ice Cream and Bingo Party. This week nine middle school youth and three adults are on the Denver Dive volunteering throughout the city. The youth are learning about the causes of homelessness, how they can help, and that we are all deserving of love and compassion regardless of our situation in life.
When asked why they were excited to be on the Denver Dive the youth responded with, “we want to give back to the world and it is so much fun.” The youth are discovering they receive at the same time they are giving. Serving in our community is not a one way experience. When we take time to get to know people in situations different than ours we expand our way of seeing the world and we bring our community closer to our hearts.
This week the middle schoolers are also packing beans and rice for Metro Caring, handing out snacks and waters they purchased to those who spend their days in Civic Park, decorating bags at Project Angel Heart so meals can be delivered with love, sorting and packing food at the Food Bank of the Rockies, and serving the noon meal to our guests here at Trinity.
What does every person deserve? The middle school youth would tell you the following; respect, compassion, kindness, equal rights, and most of all love. These are wise youth and we need to listen and follow their lead.
Let us serve our communities, our neighbors, and our world with love. And let us begin today.