To the Editor:
Wow! Six St. Ambrose University students were at my front door Nov. 2, coming to help me. It was a wonderful gift because of their practical help and generous spirits. Thank you, students. You are a blessing to our community.
When a note came asking if I could use some help, I responded “yes.” I expected one or two students. My plan was to have them paint a railing for my son to install by my back steps, and to rake the grass one last time before winter set in.
I was surprised and pleased to have six helpers. Two girls spent two hours in my kitchen painting the intricate scroll railing because it was too cold to paint outside. They sat one on either side and handed the brush back and forth.
At the same time, two girls and two boys raked my yard – front, back and sides and bagged the leaves. It was wonderful! Before they left, I had them move my yard furniture into the garage.
All this was help offered freely and joyfully. They were a delight to talk to, as well as efficient in what they did.
In this day and age when so many young people are hidden behind their electronic devices, it was inspiring to meet young people who understand the value of service. It is my understanding that the Ambrose students helped about 100 people, mostly seniors like me.
I am writing to say, “Thank you, students and St. Ambrose University for this thoughtful service you provide. May God reward you all.”
As a final capstone to this service project, the university provided a generous supper for the students and recipients. It was a beautiful meal and a time to realize we are all part of the family of St. Ambrose.
To the Editor: