So, how many people and mattresses fit in one elevator?


— Alexa Burling

My group began our day by meeting a man named Mike who had worked for New Life Furniture for over 3 years. We had arrived in the early morning at two different locations, both of which were apartment complexes, to assist him with delivering furniture to low-income families.  Today’s experience was very insightful and heart warming as my group worked together as a team to provide for other families while sharing conversations and memorable moments. I did not expect the families who were receiving our furniture to be as appreciative and thankful as they were. I felt such a great joy in my heart when I saw the faces of them as we kept giving and giving to them. Before today, I wouldn’t even have thought twice about how I got the furniture in my house or who got it. After today’s experience, I have become so grateful for what I have and I couldn’t thank my family more for providing me a place to come home every day, somewhere to sit comfortably and relax, and even somewhere to lay down at night peacefully. Some of us don’t even have to worry about any of these things and I think that we should reflect every day about those who do. I believe that in doing this, we no longer feel separated from others in society because we begin to think about what life is like from their perspective rather than ours, and hopefully down the road we will all take action in providing them these things.

As the day had come to an end with New Life Furniture, we had to say our goodbyes and return home from our worksite to get ready for the next and last stop of the day. We had dinner with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and celebrated a twenty-year anniversary for Sr. Marie Clement’s creation of the Cincinnati youth mission system, which is now known as the Franciscans for the Poor. It was truly a blessing to be able to talk to Sr. Clement about her life experiences and how her idea was brought about and put into action. She has become an inspiration to me and has motivated me to do more service for others in the future. I am very thankful to have met the person who has given me the opportunity to be doing what I am doing this week.

Once everyone had finished their meals, our group had met to have a reflection at a nearby labyrinth. It gave me the time to catch my breath and think about my experience today and this week. Life is such a blessing and is so precious and it is very crucial to ensure that of others by protecting them and helping them with their needs as much as possible. That may be by feeding them, providing them warmth, or even donating your time to have a simple conversation with them to let them know they’re cared for. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store for me and I hope to touch more hearts of those in need!

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