BLUEBERRY AMBASSADOR MOMENTS
Bendle Community Schools, Coordinator Gina DeSimone
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One morning my sister and I went out for breakfast. We ordered our food and ate. When we asked our waitress for the bill, she told us that our bill had already been taken care of. We asked, “who paid for it” and she said the older gentleman who was sitting at a booth across the aisle. The man was gone, and we were disappointed that we could not thank him for his kind act. His act of kindness made us want to do something good and pay it forward. We went to McDonalds and ordered something to drink since we had already eaten. We pulled up to the drive through and asked the person the amount of the order in the car behind us (I was remembering Mr. Shaltz’s story). She told us the amount, and we paid for our drinks and the order from the car behind us. I then handed the worker my Blueberry Card and to give it to the people behind us and explained the meaning of the Blueberry Card. She said she would. Doing this simple act of kindness made me feel better to help someone and it made my day. Giving is much more rewarding then receiving.
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My grandpa is currently in the hospital right now with Legionnaires Disease. So I go to the hospital a couple nights a week with my mom to go visit and see him. He is up on the third floor so we take the elevator to go see him. So one day we were at the hospital and we went and pressed the elevator button and waited for it to come down and open up. The elevator opened and I saw this guy rushing over trying to catch the elevator we were on, so I held the elevator for him so he could get on with us. He told me “Thank you so much, I got out of work late and my mom is up in the hospital so I was trying to get here as quick as I could to see her because all of my other siblings cannot come up tonight so I am the only one that can be with her tonight.” I told him it was no problem, I could tell he looked like he was in a hurry so I was just trying to help out. Then I got a blueberry care out of my purse and handed it over to him. He asked me what it was, and I told him about the Blueberry Ambassadors and what we do.
One day I saw a girl sitting alone, and every day after that for a week. I talked to her and asked her why, we eventually started talking more and we became good friends. We found things we had in common, and things we didn’t. We started talking about more personal things, like our home lives. I would never have thought in a million years what she told me was actually true. So, we connected on a different, more personal level. I never thought we’d be friends. I’m glad we are though. She’s now one of my closest friends. We hangout on days she and I aren’t busy. What brought us closer was our love for basketball. She doesn’t play, but her love for the game itself is what brought us a lot closer.
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I noticed a family was struggling a little with school clothes, being able to afford the things they wanted. I’m a kid myself, I know the struggle of wanting one thing but only being able to afford another. So, I went through my clothes, I asked around and eventually got bags of clothes together for them. I let them pick what they wanted and gave the rest to a group home.
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I saw one of our new kids sitting alone at lunch. I went to the table she was sitting at and asked to sit with her. We became good friends. And she sits with us every day at lunch, she never worries about sitting alone and she knows if she is our table is always open to her. She became friends with my friends, she thanks me daily for opening up and allowing her to sit with us.
One day I saw a girl sitting alone for a full week. I talked to her and asked her why ad we eventually started talking more and we became good friends. We found things we had in common and things we didn’t. We started talking about more personal things, like our home lives. I would never have thought in a million years what she told me was actually true. So, we connected on a different, more personal level. I never thought we’d be friends. I’m glad we are though. She’s now one of my closest friends. We hangout on days she and I aren’t busy. What brought us closer was our love for basketball. She doesn’t play, but her love for the game itself was what brought us a lot closer.
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I noticed a family was struggling a little with school clothes, being able to afford the things they wanted. I’m a kid myself, and I know the struggle of wanting one thing but only being able to afford something different. So, I went through my clothes, I asked around and eventually got bags of clothes together for them. I let them pick what they wanted and gave the rest to a group home.
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I saw one of our new kids sitting alone at lunch. I went to the table she was sitting at and asked to sit with her. We became good friends. And she sits with us every day at lunch. She never worries about sitting alone and she knows that our table is always open to her. She became friends with my friends and she thanks me daily for opening up and allowing her to sit with us.
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My first Blueberry Card was given to a lady in distress. She was carrying her groceries to her car without a cart. She seemed to be struggling so I offered my help. She said, “Oh thank you, but I’ve got this.” She really didn’t, so I started to convince her to let me help. I couldn’t let her carry all those groceries to her car alone. They were pretty full. She finally gave in, and handed me a couple bags. We walked to her car, where she proceeded to thank me. I said, “Don’t thank me, just take this Blueberry Card and pass it on to the next person.” She took the card and smiled. I walked away feeling better than I did before I helped her. It’s almost like I was the one who received help because of how happy I was.
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My second Blueberry Card went to lending a helping hand to the homeless. I was going to Kroger with my sister. We were getting candles (my mom loves candles and is always running out). When we were in the checkout line, I noticed something. I noticed a homeless man helping with the carts. Pushing them inside (I know he probably just wanted to get some warmth which is completely understandable). I also noticed everyone was giving him dirty looks, like he was an animal or something. I felt disgusted with these people. I felt horrible for the man. All I was thinking was how can I show this man that he is worth more than this. All I had on me was five dollars. It wasn’t much but it was something. When I reached in my pocket to get it, he was gone. I felt like I failed him and failed at being a good person. When my sister and I left, she had to get some gas. We were in waiting for an open tank. I was searching for an open spot, when I spotted the same homeless man from before. I didn’t even have time to think about what I wanted to say or do. Something just compelled me to get out of that car and walk up to him. It was like my legs had a minds of their own. When I walked up to him, he looked at me, and I handed him the five-dollar bill and the Blueberry Card. The heart-breaking moment was the shock in his eyes. He was so shock that I was being kind to him. No words needed to be said, all I said was three words and walked away. You’re worth it.
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My third Blueberry Moment was a simple act of kindness when we were hit with a bunch of snow. My favorite elder lady across the street’s driveway was filled with snow. I decided I wanted to help her out and shovel it for her so she didn’t have to worry about it. I put on my snow boots, coat, and went to work. I shoveled her driveway for an hour or so, until it was cleared. After I was done, I left a note at the door saying “I noticed that your driveway was a little snowy, so I cleared it for you! One less thing you have to worry about. I hope you have a great day…and take this Blueberry Card and pass it on. Help someone have a better day, like I had the opportunity to help you. :)” I didn’t leave my name, because I didn’t need her to know my name. I knew if I left my name, she would have made me something and that’s not why I helped her. I helped her because I wanted to. The only person who needs to know I helped her out, is me. Just knowing that she has one less thing to worry about today is the best feeling in the world.
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Over the summer, a friend of mine lost her father. It was in my knowledge that she has also lost her younger sister to cancer back in 2013. I knew instantly how much pain she was going through. She was weeks from her 18th birthday now living alone in her house. She and her friends had been posting all over social media, trying to collect pop cans to pay rent and merely help with funeral costs. I unfortunately had no cash to donate so I decided to take the pop cans as far as I could. I asked my mother to bring home her cans from work, collected Rylee’s cans, as well as my boss’. Together we managed to scrape up 8 full trash bags of cans! This wasn’t a lot of money, but with Sumer working, I knew it was appreciated.
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In October, a few girls from my school were obviously having a bad day. Their posts to social media were dark and upsetting. Mrs. DeSimone taught me last year that saying, “If you need anything, let me know,” doesn’t always go very far. If you want to help someone, demand it. If you want to make a change, do it. The person is less likely to feel open enough to ask you for something. So, that night I went home and went to my kitchen. There I got some lunch bags and filled them with treats. Cookies, juice pouches, granola bars, fruit snacks, and chocolate. On the bags, I wrote sweet messages hoping that today would be better than the last. I know when I am upset, even the slightest deed from someone just showing they care or even noticed can possibly pick me back to my feet. The next day I went to school and delivered the bags. I wrote my number and hoped for the best. I was blown away by their reaction! They were bouncing off the walls, smiling ear to ear. It felt amazing, giving them hugs and sending them on their way. I am forever grateful for that experience in my life.
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Over the summer, one of my friends lost their father and was struggling to pay for the house she was living in. She needed to make rent within a week, and she was in dire need of assistance. So, another friend and I gave her over eight bags full of cans and bottles that she could return for some extra money. I convinced my dad to help out and he provided four of those bags for her. She was extremely thankful for our help, and she seemed close to tears when we put them in her car. I feel a sense of gratitude for everything that I am fortunate to have, and I hope by doing this good deed that if I ever am in a situation where I’m the one that needs help, I know I would appreciate the same help.
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This past summer, I helped someone close to me move into their house. We put up shelves, organized her closet, built a dresser and a bookshelf together, and moved all of her old belongings into the new house. Without my help, she might have not finished moving as soon as she did. It made me feel good that I helped someone when they needed it, especially since I know she would do the exact same for me.
In the last month, I helped someone when they needed it the most. I noticed a girl in my class writing a note and crying and I was immediately concerned, so I let the teacher know what was going on. I’m not very close with this girl, but I felt like I knew something was up and she needed help. She hasn’t been in school for over a month now because she was sent to a mental hospital, and I can’t help but feel like if I had not been there then, she would not be here now. I am grateful that I was in the right place at the right time. I hope she comes back to school soon.