Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans all across our country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama’s national call to service initiative.
Reaching out to others is easy and can be amazingly rewarding for all. The list of possibilities is endless. This year consider taking the kids to visit a senior citizen’s facility. Usually a quick phone call to the center asking for a time to visit is met with overwhelming enthusiasm. And don’t be surprised to learn that a family pet may also be included on the trip. These visits can be short and just perfect for young children. Often when you arrive the only thing you have to do is walk around and smile. Seniors love to see children and their beaming smiles will light up the room and fill your heart with joy. If your child chooses to bring along a favorite book or stuffed animal that will undoubtedly be a good conversation opener. It’s never too early to show the kids how personally rewarding it is to reach out and help others. Sometimes, all it takes is a smile.