Smiling is good for the heart.

Day 31: Service Day at the Ronald McDonald House and Rainbow United Kids Center in Wichita

Originally, we were supposed to have our service day in Salina, but Abigale proposed that the team ride to Wichita a day early. We didn’t have a secured host in Salina for two nights, which meant we had to either camp or call different places in Salina to see if they could host us the second night we were there. Friends University in Wichita agreed to host us for two nights and take us a day early, which helped in our decision to move our service day later. Plus, we wanted to take advantage of the cool Kansas weather. As a team, we unanimously voted on moving the service event to today.

We had to divide the group into two since one service site couldn’t accommodate 26 volunteers. Before our service event, one group went to IHOP and my group went to Denny’s. Although we didn’t get our entire breakfast donated, Denny’s agreed to give us a 20% discount on our entire bill. Thanks to Lamie’s aunt Hao, we didn’t have to pay a penny for our breakfast. Aunt Hao generously donated $1000 to our team specifically for our meals, since she saw that we had a difficult time getting healthier food donated to us and just wanted us to treat ourselves to something other than fast food. Again, the generosity of those that donate to our cause is unfathomable. We can’t thank you enough for all the help you’ve done in helping us raise awareness about cancer.

For our service day, the first group went to the Ronald McDonald House and the second group went to Rainbows United, Inc. in Wichita. Rainbows United helps children learn and grow through trusted child care service and progressive early childhood education. Many times, they cater to children who have learning disabilities and bring out the potential in them. They serve children from two weeks to 5 years old to provide optimal educational opportunities for all children until entrance into kindergarten (http://www.rainbowsunited.org/services/child-care-and-preschool).

IMG_2789We did a lot of landscaping, gardening, and weeding today. At the end of our service trip, we got to spend a little time with the kids. One of the best things in the world is seeing a child laugh, cause it’s so contagious.

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“Smiling is good for the heart, laughing is good for the soul, and loving will keep you living, laughing, and smiling.”

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And a special shout out to Kelci for allowing us to use her address as a mail drop and for bringing us fresh fruit and home made brownies. Kelci happens to be Barry’s cousin (my pedal pal). We really appreciate it!IMG_2808

We are 4K.

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2 thoughts on “Smiling is good for the heart.

  1. Hi Anthony and Team San Fran! I guess you all know by now I am Amy’s mom. I just want you Anthony to know how much I personally appreciate these post, you are doing a awesome job keeping all of us up to date on your travels.When I read what you all do and how you all act together you make me proud. With all the horrible things going on in the world it is so great to know there are young adults like all of you, and people that still care.Have a great day and make some awesome memories….

    • Hello! I just wanted to let you know I believe we met Amy on their way through Kansas. Her group stopped for a moment in our little town and my son went right to her and said “Hi Amy”. Even though it was a case of mistaken identity on his part it was funny that that was actually her name. She was very patient with the 1,000 questions my three kiddos had for her. What a great cause! I had never heard of 4k for cancer but will definitely be following now.
      Emily

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