Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cool experience tonight...

In our ward, we have an ER nurse pract.  He held a "physical" night for all the boys going to boy scout camp that needed them, free of charge.  The boys were able to show up at the church & "J" would give them a physical & sign their papers.

Sunday, a sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to help him out, he was doing the same type of thing tonight.  I assumed it was more for the girls, or maybe some of the boys that needed them, but weren't able to make it last time.  I signed up, not sure what I would be doing, but figured if nothing else, it would get me out of the house.

I showed up at the church tonight ready to help wherever they needed me.  What I didn't know, until then, was that this was open for the entire community.  He put an ad in the paper, asked some other doctors to volunteer their time & talents & they went about setting up the church to be a "health clinic".  I was BEYOND impressed!  We figured there were around 40 kids tonight that were given FREE sports physicals.

It was such a neat thing to be a part of.  I didn't do much, I was one of the "tour guides", I got to take the kids from 1 "station" to another.  It was VERY well organized & ran extremely smooth. I was talking to J's wife (who made sure everything ran smoothly) & told her about my friend who has 3 boys that need physicals, but wouldn't be there tonight.  (It's the first anniversary of her hubby's death).  I was told to get ahold of my friend, find out what her weekend looks like, & J would be more than willing to get the boys taken care of.   WOW!  It is so nice to know that there are still good people out there willing to do what they can to help others.

J didn't gain anything from doing this, he didn't earn 1 cent, he did it because he loves what he does, loves kids & saw this as a way he could help.  I am so glad that I got to be a part of this, it was such a neat feeling knowing what this did & meant to some of these families.

I can't wait for him to do this again next year (that's his plan already) so I can help out again!


1boy4girls said...

What an amazing thing to be a part of. I love the service that we are able to provide and receive through the church.