Yesterday, we all enjoyed our last day in Savannah, just hanging out together. We all got up and went to downtown Savannah and River Street, and then ate at Paula Dean’s Resturant! After shopping, we all went back to the church. At the church, we all just napped or read or just hung out! At around 7, we all went to IHOP for supper! After supper, we headed back to the church, where we went around and said our favorite thing about the trip, a thing we realized we needed to work on and a thing we like about ourselves. After that, we had our Dirty Santa! We had so much fun stealing each other’s gifts! After gifts, we all watched a movie, and wrote notes to each other (which we can’t read until we get home), and then we had another one of our life talks until 2 in the morning! It was fun learning more about each other, and everyone was sad it was our last night! This morning, we all got up at six, packed up the car, got ready, and cleaned up the rooms we stayed in. Now, we are on the way back to Auburn! This trip was nothing short of amazing. While it was hard, mentally and physically, it was totally worth it in the end. I encourage everyone to participate in ASB. It was truly a life changing experience, and we all hate to see it end! Thanks for reading 🙂
Today was our last day to volunteer 😦 Our day started off with going to the Ruth Byck center at 10 a.m. When we got there, we all visited with the clients until about 10:30, and then there was a dance therapist come! She stayed doing dance therapy until 12:00, and then they started to serve lunch there. Us volunteers packed our own lunches, and went out in front of the center in the concourse and ate! At 12:45, we went back inside and performed our dance for the clients! It was so much fun to dance for them, and the clients seemed to really like it! After our dance, we played Christmas Jingo (bingo) with the clients! The winners of the game even got awesome prizes! After jingo, the center had an ice cream party for us since it was our last day! We thought that was so sweet of them! The clients got ice cream too! After ice cream, we had to leave 😦 we were all super bummed that we had to leave, but we were all excited that we completed a full week of volunteering and we felt like we really made a difference in the senior citizens lives! After leaving Ruth Byck, we came back to the church, and we all just hung out or took naps! At around six, we all started getting ready to head out to go eat dinner at Tubby’s. It was a seafood place, and it was good! We had so much fun getting to go out to eat! When we got back to the church, we all just hung out and watched movies or played spades! Now, were all about to get a good nights sleep because we have a busy day tomorrow! Keep reading to find out about our last day in Savannah tomorrow 🙂
Yesterday, we all rotated shifts and got to experience new things and different ways to interact with the kids and their family. We became even closer as a group and we have so many inside jokes that crack us all up! When we got back to the hotel, we attempted to make spaghetti.. But the water took a good thirty minutes to boil.. The spaghetti in the end turned out so good, and we all bonded while waiting on it and as we told our “highs and lows”.
Our last day of GKTW was today, and the majority of us worked in the Gingerbread House, and it was so heartwarming to see familiar faces of the kids that we met the days before. The kids were so excited to see us again, and told us about their amazing week. That night, the village celebrated Christmas and had Disney characters visit with the kids and had Disney chefs who catered. All of us were scattered around the park at story time, the parade, the concessions, etc and we all had so much fun! However, at the same time, it was really sad to think about tonight being our last! Some of us visited the Gallery of Hope to learn about the history of the village and watch the video, but it was so sweet and emotional and sad. We all did the highs and lows for the day, and I think we for the most part unanimously agreed that it was the best day and we hardly had any legitimate lows!
I think each one of our lives were touched at some point during this week. We were expecting to change the children’s lives, but in reality they impacted us more! We’re so sad to not volunteer anymore, but we’re super excited to go shopping in Orlando tomorrow! Maybe one day we’ll return. 🙂
Today was a good day for all of us here in Savannah! Our day started off by leaving the church at 845 to head to Port Wentworth. At Port Wentworth, we helped give out cookies to the local cops and firefighters. We also played card games and visited with the clients! Some of us were taught how to play hand and foot by a few women at the center! The game was a little confusing at first, but we all got the hang of it! At around 1130, we had to leave. We were all super sad because it was the last time we will go there, and we all just love all the people there! At 12, we arrived at our next stop, Thunderbolt. At Thunderbolt, we were given lunch! After lunch, we got to just relax and visit with clients! Some of us just talked, some of us gave manicures and others learned a new game! We were all really sad to leave there today, because, like Port Wentworth, we won’t be going back there! After leaving Thunderbolt, we went to deliver shelf stable meals again! After all the deliveries were made, we headed back to the church! Then, some of us went to shower and some went to Walmart! Then we all came back to the church and just relaxed until dinner time! We had jambalaya, prepared by our site leader and advisor! After dinner, we did our highs and lows. Most everyones’ low was that they were sad about not going back to the two centers anymore! But, the highs were that we got to spend time and get to know such wonderful people! Tomorrow, we will be spending our whole day at the Ruth Byck center, and we have decided to do a little skit for them in the morning! So, we will be lip syncing and dancing to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas. So, we practiced for that after our high and lows! Now, some are playing cards, while the rest of us are just gonna go to sleep! More to come! Keep reading 🙂
The last day on the work site was a blast. The team had a great time working with the overseers and the rest of the team alike. The team worked on a new home and put up a lot of the roofing today to prep for another team coming in tomorrow to finish the roofing. After a great days work the team visited the local dowtown and a park festival. We visited some great shops and heard lots of GREAT local music. Team Manatee even started a great flash mob right in middle of downtown and got some local friends to join in. GREAT DAY!
Our day started off with some getting up at 630 to head to the Y to shower and some staying here to sleep until 8! At 915, we all left and headed out to Port Wentworth. At Port Wentworth, we baked cookies, visited with the clients, made ornaments and participated in the cakewalk! Two of our members even won cakes! We made tons of cookies to give to the local police officers and firemen! Then, the center gave us lunch! After lunch, we packed up to head to the Ruth Byck center. When we arrived there, we made holiday cards with the citizens there! Then, they had a woman come and play the piano while all of us sang Christmas songs! After Christmas songs, we sat around for a little while longer talking to the clients. After leaving the center, we walked to Senior Headquarters, Inc. for their open house. After staying there for a little bit, we came back to the church. When we got back, some of us went to shower and the others stayed here! After showers, we all came back to the church and took naps. After naps, two of the members of our group cooked us supper! After supper, we all talked about our high and lows! Once again, all in all, we all had a good day! After highs and lows, we played taboo! We all had so much fun playing, and laughed so much at everyone trying to describe the words! After our game ended, we all came upstairs and got ready for bed! Now we are, once again, having a group discussion about life! I don’t think you could get a closer group than ours! There’s not anything we don’t feel comfortable with discussing! It’s really incredible! Continue following to find out more 🙂
Team manatee finished up on the siding and the roofing of the 1st house today, along with a lot of interior frame work. The team worked really smoothly to put all of the finishing touches to the roof with the shingles, cap, and vent. The team is looking forward to another day of work tomorrow on another home. As a side note, Ryan made his infamous guacomole dip for the 2nd night in a row and the whole team engulfed it in under 10 minutes, easy.