On Saturday, August 29th, LBA Steps Up! had a Play Day at Daniel Kids. Leading up to the event, LBA had collected outdoor play equipment and art supplies for donation to the children residing on the campus.
During the Play Day, nine of us from LBA and about 15 kids from Daniel played kick ball, volleyball and dodgeball. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
At the end, we all gathered in a circle and the kids were given a chance to tell us something they liked about the day, or a simple thank you.
One ten-year-old boy said, “I’d like to start with my feelings word: ‘Surprised’.” He went on to explain that he was surprised at all of our positive attitudes, most especially Jamien (LBA’s Director of Human Resources and Administration). Jamien chased down a wild ball during our game of kickball, ran towards the creek and came back with very muddy shoes and a big smile on her face. The boy explained if that had been him, he would have been super angry that his shoes got so dirty. It was a touching point that reminded us why we were there in the first place. Yes, to have FUN (as that’s the way we roll at LBA), but to also be good role models for these children who may need some extra guidance in navigating this big world. Seeing that you can step in mud and come out smiling? That’s a terrific example.
The kids hope we will be back again for another Play Day and we look forward to future volunteering opportunities with Daniel Kids.