This year as part of my out of school service, I volunteered in the kitchen at God’s Love We Deliver. Even though it was my first time volunteering there, I was greeted with open arms into a jovial group of people. We first began by cleaning our hands and putting our hair up, and then cleaned the kitchen. Because many of the patients at God’s Love We Deliver have suppressed immune systems, we had to be extra careful to clean everything thoroughly, and did so a few times throughout the day. Then, we assembled around a few tables where a very charismatic chef dumped piles of carrots for us to chop onto the tables. We chopped these carrots for a few hours, being extra careful to keep the pieces small and the correct shape.
This was a very rewarding experience for me because I felt the ways in which I would be helping people that day or the next. Being able to help those less fortunate than me made me realize how lucky I am to be able to work in a kitchen. My mom worked at God’s Love We Deliver in the ’90s, so she has told me about how happy the meals patients receive make them, so knowing I would make someone else happy was very rewarding. I also had a great time with the other volunteers as they were great people who laughed with us through the whole session. I was very humbled by my experience and see myself continuing to volunteer for God’s Love We Deliver in the future.