A couple of weeks ago, our nurse Debbie suggested that we connect with Matt Sampson of Southern Oregon Sparrow Club. She thought we would be a good match for the Sparrow program and so did he. Here is the program in a nutshell: Local schools pick a child from the area and "adopt" them. The school is sponsored by a business, and that business pledges to pay students $10 for every hour of community service they do. They money they raise goes to help families with special-needs children.
This is an amazing organization. It started with one child, donating $60 to his teacher who had a son with Leukemia. What an incredible way for kids to learn compassion and empathy for others. You can learn more about Sparrow Clubs at http://www.sparrowclubs.org/
We were adopted this afternoon by Hedrick Middle School, at an assembly with 900 students. It was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. I don't even know what else to say. So moved. So inspired.