Hey hey! I have something truly exciting to report about this weekend. Saturday morning I joined Urban Girl Squad and Achilles International to help kids with disabilities to get active and move! Myself and a group of other volunteers spent the morning running laps around the gym, stretching, playing games and running relay races. We had a Thanksgiving Day theme, teaching kids that although we enjoy eating big Thanksgiving meals, we should also make sure we remember to be thankful and we should stay active to work off such a big meal. The kids wrote down on a “turkey feather” what they are thankful for and then participated in relay races to run and pin their feather on a turkey on the wall.
All of us volunteers were partnered up with a “buddy” who we hung out with all morning. There were so many great kids! I was happy that they came out to get active and play with us! Most of the kids were not suffering from physical disabilities but rather had mental or behavioral challenges. I have to say that they were all so wonderful and fun. We had a great time! Below are some pictures from Achilles International’s website. I didn’t take any photos myself because I didn’t want to post kids’ photos without their parents’ permission but since these ones were on the organization’s website, I thought I would share with you so you can get an idea of the good work they do! Visit Achilles’ website for more info.
This was such an awesome volunteer opportunity! I always support getting kids to be active and it was even more special to spend time with children who face disabling challenges that can make even simple activities more difficult. If you get the opportunity, see if you can volunteer in your area!