This November, leading up to #GivingTuesday, we are highlighting different aspects of our residential program. This week, we’re telling the story of how one house continues to give back to the community, even during the pandemic.
Operation Warming Hearts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting and bringing positivity and cheer to the community. Two years ago, Terry Sawtelle, a Triangle Residential Regional Manager, heard that the organization was requesting homemade cards to send to individuals in the military. The residents of three Triangle houses jumped at the opportunity to give back and got right to work making cards. They started each card with “Dear Warrior,” then thanked them for their service, and drew pictures and wrote encouraging messages. Every individual added their own personal spin to the message and made it special.
This year, the pandemic provided a different backdrop for the activity. The individuals had more time for the project and they were able to produce 100 cards. It also presented a good opportunity for reflection and gratitude, despite the anxiety of the pandemic. They all thought more about how many people are struggling right now due to the current circumstances.
Activities such as this, where residents have the chance to give back to the community, are incredibly valuable. As a group of compassionate people, our residents were very excited to make the cards, since they knew someone else would benefit from receiving them. They care about veterans and people in the military deeply, so they were happy for the chance to help put a smile on their face!