Having a platform that encourages the involvement of the mentally challenged, I take advantage of each opportunity I am given to work with them. I recently volunteered with Oak Creek Center, a local mentally challenged work center. Each client at the facility is given one of three jobs based upon their individual ability to perform the task. The clients are as diligent and persistent at completing these jobs and receiving a check as the average person is with their career. I encourage each client as they work for hours to complete their job. If I compliment their progress, their face instantly lights up and you can see the drive that each client possesses. All of the clients at Oak Creek Center have unique personalities that grow more on me each hour I spend at the center. After just one day with my particular group, I learned things from their individual ways of communicating and what made each laugh, to how they like their sandwiches cut and drinks poured. I was reminded of the impact I can make when tears fell from one client’s face as I left the center. I am looking forward to the Oak Creek Center Christmas party on the 19th, I’ll keep you posted!
Tonight I visited a private care home for the mentally challenged. My cousin, Bobbie, is one of the four girls who live here, and it is inspiring to see each of her housemates looking after one another. Bobbie is very sick and the special attention she receives from the other girls in her house is comforting. To reward Bobbie for her strength through the sickness and her housemates for their on-going support, I brought each of the girls a special Christmas bear and a candy cane full of chocolates. I will visit again soon and hope to see their Christmas sprits up! Please keep Bobbie in your prayers throughout the holidays.
My dad’s sister, Aunt Donna, has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. She had been on remission for 22 months after surviving breast cancer, before her recent diagnoses. A group of ladies from the Lufkin Junior League decided to decorate her house from top to bottom with Christmas trees, lights, wreathes, garlands and many other holiday ornaments. The decorations lifted the sprits of the entire family and gave my Aunt Donna a holiday cheer. As I helped the Junior League put out the holiday decorations, I saw their genuine care through their efforts and my family truly appreciates their concern. Please remember her in your prayers as she fights the struggles of cancer.