My Librarian shared with the kids, that 49 of our 50 states currently had snow on the ground. The only state that did not have snow? Florida! My Loving Spouse has not been handling this winter cold snap all that well, in fact he keeps going around the house, muttering….Florida, Florida, Florida. I personally do not find it funny…not at all.
Everyone it seems has snow. We are in this together.I was working with a little guy the other day at school. He is anxious to learn, always has a smile, and thinks school is great. There is lots of room for his family circumstance to be better. I noticed his hands. They were horrible. One hand was rough, dry and red, the other was rough, and cut all across the knuckles. It hurt to look at these little hands affected by this cold, dry weather. The school nurse did what he could…
Quite a few of our kids eat two meals a day at school. There was a caring group who worried about what these kids ate all weekend. They started a weekly program that sends home a bag of healthy snacks for these kiddos each Friday.
I quickly began to wonder, if we couldn’t find a way to send some hand lotion, in these bags at least once. I told my friends who pack the snacks about my concern. One of these good souls, went to the local Pharmacy and got some special test bottles of extra protective lotion especially for this little guy and his sister.
We have another 107 bags to get some hand lotion into. I didn’t think it would be that hard, we just needed to put the word out. After all…how many of us have those hand lotion samples from various travels sitting in our bathroom drawers. One announcement at church and the little lotions are rolling in.
I am practical enough to know, that getting the lotion into the hands (pun totally intended) that need it, does not guarantee that it will help. My hope is just that it will at least help some…
I took the special protective lotion to the teacher for the little boy and girl, whose hands were so bad. As I gave her the lotion, I must have expressed my concern, that the effort would not make much of a difference. She said,
“Sometimes the acts of caring for them is enough.”
The ‘acts of caring‘…
..and I am blessed, and as my mentor has told me many times,