Day 32 – Give your TIME, Volunteer!

This weekend I will be volunteering (as a nurse!!) in Whistler with Camp Moomba, which is a specialized camp program for kids who are impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Many of the children who attend Camp Moomba are confronted by similar issues in their lives, and are able to come together at camp enabling them to find support that can only come from an understanding of each other.  It’s a chance for kids to make new friends, be in a supportive and fun environment, and best of all to have a chance just to be kids.  I’m so grateful to be a part of this and to be a part of Camp Moomba’s Vision: kids affected by HIV/AIDS forever empowered by lifelong friendships and a supportive community. Friends together having fun.  Sounds amazing.  Count me in!!!

I became involved with Camp Moomba through a friend of mine I used to work up at Grouse Mountain with, Luke, who is one of the founders of the organization.  I have never volunteered at one of their camps before and I’m looking forward to it.  I don’t know what to expect, but I’m eager to bond with the kids and perhaps be a positive and supportive role model in their lives.  I’m also eager to go to camp and feel like a kid again myself!!  Who doesn’t like camp?!  You’ve heard me talk about Camp Moomba before, as I volunteered at the Vancouver Yogathon and Blissfest fundraiser last summer (which I will be doing again this year with JC and whomever else wants to join and help out!!).  What an inspiring and supportive environment.  I’m looking forward to it this July.  I’ll be writing more about this closer to, so if you want to be a part of it – stay tuned!

We all give and receive love in different ways.  An amazing book I really recommend for anyone who is interested in enhancing relationships with the special people in your life is called ‘The 5 Love Languages‘ by Gary Chapman.  He explains that there are 5 love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch.  One of my biggest love languages is TIME.  For me, giving my time is a way of showing love.  Volunteering is a way for me to feel good as well as help others to feel good.  A win-win situation.  It feels good to give love.  The more love we GIVE, the more love we are able to RECEIVE.  You can’t have one without the other.  Giving only allows more space for great things to flow to you.  It helps set you on a vibration of gratitude allowing you to receive that vibration back from everyone and everything around you.  It feels good to volunteer and GIVE!!! Sign up for something today.  Even if it’s just an hour, that hour might just make all the difference in someone else’s life.  Heck, just smiling at a stranger is a gift in itself – try that today!!!  When you see them walk away smiling, you’ll be feeling good – I promise!

Have a great weekend!!  I won’t be able to write tomorrow as I’ll be playing camp games, eating hot dogs and singing around the camp fire – I’m excited!  See you Sunday!

Smile with your heart!

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