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).
We 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.
“Smiling is good for the heart, laughing is good for the soul, and loving will keep you living, laughing, and smiling.”
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!
We are 4K.