BLUEBERRY AMBASSADOR MOMENTS
Davison Central Elementary, coordinators Cayla Dowdall
For my first Blueberry Moment, I made cookies with my mom on a Thursday morning. We took the cookies to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. When my dad had cancer, this was the place he did his chemo treatment at. The second I walked into the room, I felt bad for everybody. Some people had someone with them and there were others who didn’t. When I came around with the cookies and gave them to the patients they smiled and said thank you. I could tell it made them feel good and it made me feel good too. Every time they smiled at me, I smiled too because it made me feel really good helping others. When I walked into the room I noticed some people looked very down and sad. When I came around with the cookies they looked happier. It was like the cookies put a little bit of sugar in the air. When my dad had cancer, it made me and my family feel good and smile when people made dinner for us or gave us treats and gift baskets. I got this question a lot, “are the cookies free?” I always said yes with a smile. I made the cookies and passed them out for a smile, not for money. When you do an act of kindness, you don’t do it to get anything back other than a smile and a thank you. That was enough to make my day.
For my second Blueberry Moment, I decided to think positive. So, I got sticky notes and a pen and went to Tim Horton’s bathroom in Davison. I wrote positive sayings on the sticky notes and stuck them on the mirror. If anybody was having a bad day, they could read the sticky notes and think positive. Since I wanted other people to share positivity too, I left extra sticky notes and the pen along with my Blueberry Card, so other people could do it to. It made me feel good sharing positivity, because some days when I’m down in the dumps, I like to see or read positive things. When I’m sad I like to look up positive quotes and read them and it makes me feel better so it made me feel good making others feel better.
For my last Blueberry Moment, I decided to go to Big Boy’s restaurant in Davison and
buy someone breakfast. My great grandpa goes there, so I thought it was a good place. I gave the waiter ten dollars and said, “give this to someone who comes here often and tell them someone bought you breakfast.” It made me feel good even though I didn’t see who the waiter gave it to. I’m sure they were happy. Once, my mom, my sister and I went to a drive-thru and the person in front of us paid for our meal and it made us happy. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to do it for someone else. It felt good helping someone by surprising them with a free meal.
I shoveled the snow where my mom parks most the time. I also cleared where my grandpa parks sometimes. I decided to do this so my mom and my grandpa can park a little better, and just to be helpful. I think my mom was happy and my grandpa was happy that I shoveled a little for them. This Blueberry Moment made me happy inside.
My next Blueberry Moment made me very proud of myself. My family and I planned to go to Outreach East and donate some things they needed. We found some items like shirts, pants and canned goods to donate. We went to a store to get personal care items like some kids shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, socks and some other things they needed. When we got to Outreach East I said, “Hi I am a Blueberry Ambassador, we do random acts of kindness and my family would like to donate to you.” After we gave him the box of donations he said, “thank you so much!” After he said thanks, we took a couple pictures there, and the Outreach worker was very happy to get more. It made me feel so happy inside to know I was helping someone else!
For my first Blueberry Moment, I noticed that a Veteran had an American flag flying in his yard. His flag was all torn up. So, I asked my dad if I could get the man a new flag. We went to the store and bought him a brand-new flag and mailed it to his house. I especially wanted to help a veteran because my Grandpa McCann is a veteran. A few weeks after I mailed the flag I received a letter in the mail from the veteran’s son. He told me in the letter that his dad had just gotten out of the hospital from having a heart attack. He also said in the letter that when his dad opened the package he cried because he was so grateful for what I had done.
My second Blueberry Moment was at my school. After my marking period of working the Safety Patrol I asked my teacher if she still needed my help with the kindergarteners at the end of the day. My teacher said yes, she would appreciate the help so for the whole second marking period I have been taking kindergarteners to their buses at the end of the school day. My teacher says she really appreciates my help on a daily basis and I really have fun walking the kindergarteners to their busses.
My third Blueberry Moment was giving a gift to a student who is in the hospital. The student is a third grader at my school. I found out from my teacher that he was in the hospital and might have to stay there for a while. I had a cousin who passed away from a brain tumor three years ago. He was only twelve years old, so I understand what it is like for a family to have to go through having a sick child in the hospital. I thought it would be a nice idea to get the third-grade student some fun things to help him pass his time while he is staying in the hospital. So, my mom, brother and I went shopping. We bought him a really cool coloring book, colored pencils, a Mad Libs book, a bunch of candy, and a few pens. We also thought it would be fun to buy him two mini Nerf Guns so he can play with his nurses and doctors. I hope he has as much fun playing with his new things as I did shopping for them with my brother.
For my first Blueberry Moment, some of my grandma’s elderly neighbors don’t always have people to help them take in their trash cans. So, last summer I started helping my grandma put the cans in whenever we saw them still at the road. It puts a smile on the neighbors’ faces and they always say thank you. It makes me feel good knowing that I am helping someone.
For my second moment as a Blueberry Ambassador, I wanted to give back to the community especially Whaley Children’s Center because they help so many children, and teenagers that come from difficult situations. They have three homes and one cottage that is made up of three areas and a total of 40 kids. It made me feel so good to give back to them because they don’t have a lot of bathroom supplies like new shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. I delivered the items while going on a tour of the school and cottages. I learned about the history of Whaley Children’s Center as well as what they teach new children. Specifically, the Circle of Courage which is made up of 4 areas: generosity, belonging, mastery and independence. I felt sad knowing that these children didn’t have parents to go to when they have a problem. I thought about my own family and how much they love and care about me. I was nervous when I delivered the baskets in person because I suddenly felt shy. But everyone there was so kind and caring and it made me feel happy to be helping the Whaley children.
For my first Blueberry Moment, I brought in a dozen doughnuts to Central’s office staff. It made me feel good giving doughnuts to the secretary, counselor, principal, and challenge coordinators. They were all very thankful for the surprise.
For my second Blueberry Moment, I used my baking skills to give homemade cookies to people who may sometimes feel forgotten, like the mail carrier and trash collector. I made them all by myself. It made me feel good to make and give them to people who may not always get things from others.
For my third Blueberry Moment, we went to dinner on a Friday night. It was at a restaurant that we have never visited. A man came in and sat alone. As he was sitting there, I noticed him trying to gather up enough money to buy a soda. The waitress said to the man, “it’s on me.” I was heartbroken and concerned that this man was alone and had no one to eat with, so I asked my dad if we could buy him dinner. Then I wrote him a handwritten note that said, “You are loved.” I then wrapped the note around a prepaid meal card and handed it to the waitress to give to the gentleman. This man had strands of women’s necklaces on. He proceeded to
take them off, one by one, until he came to a particular string in which he removed something and handed it to the waitress. The waitress left, with whatever he gave her, and went about her business. A few minutes later, she was at our table handing me a paperclip angel saying, “He wanted you to have this,” I then began to cry because I felt so happy.
For my Blueberry Moment, I left Valentine bags on three neighborhood porches. The bags were filled with valentine’s candy, an encouraging note, and a valentine’s hand towel. It made me feel good to hand out these bags because I could imagine what the looks on their faces must have been, and sometimes the best things in life, are the ones you can’t see.
For my Blueberry Moment, I collected any extra coins I could find. Anything on the ground or at home I kept together. Once I had a collection I took them to the bell ringer at the mall and donated all the coins I found to him. It made me feel so good to do this!
When I was chosen to be a Blueberry Ambassador, I did not know what I could do to help my community. One day I noticed that everyday, when I walk to and from school, the crossing guard never had something warm to drink when it is cold out. Everyday, he has to stand outside for an hour in the morning and the afternoon to help kids cross the street for school! So one morning I ask my mom to take me to Tim Horton’s to buy him a cup of coffee. On the day I gave him some coffee, it was very cold out. I think we need to give back our crossing guards because no matter what kind of day it is they are out there in the rain, snow, or even if it’s cold out.
On that same day as I was getting ready to leave I look at my mom and ask her can I buy the next person that walk in their drink or food and she said yes. Even though I did not know these people, I think we should be kind to others.
There are days I love to help out my mom with the dishes or even folding towels. And shoveling the driveway with my dad or taking the garbage out. No matter what I am doing, it feels good to help someone else, that it what being a Blueberry Ambassador is all about!
My mom and I had noticed that Mrs. Eckles didn’t seem her usual perky self. We wanted to do something to cheer her up we decided to send her some flowers to brighten her day. I was a little embarrassed when I was called to the office for the picture but it felt good to see Mrs. Eckles smiling and happy again. She lights up our office!
My first Blueberry Moment was giving all my small fitting clothes away to Goodwill and Salvation Army. This will help someone who may not have clothes of their own.
My second Blueberry Moment was when I sat by my friend because she was feeling low. I feel super glad that I did that. It warms up my heart to do random acts of kindness. I loved doing all random acts of kindness. I hope that I will inspire other people to do random acts of kindness.
One of my Blueberry Moments was that I gave cookies to the old people at the retirement center, and it made me feel really good to do that. Also, I feel like they were very nice people and they really liked it that I brought them cookies. The lady that worked there was so happy that I did that she said, “Wow thanks! I will set the cookies on the counter for everyone to have a cookie.”
For one of my Blueberry Moments, I went to Biggby Coffee and gave the cashier a $10 gift card I got for Christmas. I told her to use it for the people behind me in line. When the next customer got to the counter, she was so surprised and thanked me. It made me feel glad that I could do something special for her.
For my second Blueberry Moment, I decided to leave flowers on my neighbor’s doormat without her knowing it was me. She misses her daughters on weekends they stay with their dad. Later, on Facebook, my mom saw she posted a message about being so happy to find this surprise. It made me feel good to know this random act of kindness cheered her up.
For my Blueberry act, I went to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. I helped clean up the wreaths on the gravestones. I got to meet a Veteran. It was nice getting to talk with him. While cleaning up the wreaths, I was very happy I was doing something nice to help others.
For my Blueberry Moment, I helped my tutor. She had a lot of stuff to carry to her car. I helped her gather all of it up, and carry it. It felt good to help her. I gave her a Blueberry Card and told her to do something kind for someone else.
I woke up hearing banging on the rooftop of my bedroom. It scared the mess out of me. As I woke up from the noise, I fell out of bed. I stomped downstairs, cranky. When I got downstairs I looked at our dining room table and I saw a buffet of donuts. I took one look and said to myself, “I don’t even want to know where all these donuts came from.” I looked at the calendar and see that today was the day for the people to do our new rooftop. So, I thought about the donuts and asked my parents if we could give the roofers some donuts. So, the roofers glum day turned into a very happy day of enjoying donuts while working on the roof.
For my next Blueberry Moment, everybody in my family except my parents were awake. So, I made breakfast for my siblings and myself. When my siblings were satisfied, I went to check up on my parents to see if they were still asleep. When I saw they were still asleep, I decided to make them breakfast in bed. First I went to the freezer and got out the toaster strudels. Then I put them in the toaster. When they were done, I added the frosting to them. After that I got a glass of milk around to take to my parents. They were so delighted, it made me feel so good, I felt like the sun. They are always doing things for me, so I wanted to do something to help them.
During the summer, my mom had surgery. She was still recovering during the beginning of the school year and I helped her everyday with everything she needed me to do. I did laundry, made breakfast and lunch and kept my mom comfortable for months. I have really loved doing nice things for everyone and being a Blueberry Ambassador.
I spent three days over the past few months dog-sitting for my godmother for free. Not only did I learn valuable lessons on caring for a puppy/dog, but I helped my godmother have some much needed time to relax without constant barking and dog business.
I know that Christmas can be a hard time for families. My mom and I helped out a local family in need. We bought gifts for an eight year old girl and I helped pick them out. I also took a box and went through the house picking out all kinds of craft supplies, like glue sticks, construction paper, scissors, beads, string, glitter, sequins, yarn, crayons, coloring pages, markers and a coloring book. My mom and I also bought gifts like a new coat, hat scarf, gloves, toys, outfits, and the Blueberry Card. We are not allowed to meet her so I could not see her face when she opened the gifts. But I think that she would love that someone she doesn’t know cares about her.
We have a crossing guard on a very busy road by our school. So, I was thinking that he must get cold because he is out there rain or snow every school day since I was in first grade. I decided to buy him a hot chocolate. Mom and I went to Tim Hortons and bought hot chocolate and we parked in an auto repair shop. I got out of the car and walked up to the crossing guard. When I gave the hot chocolate to him he looked so happy and surprised. I felt happy too because I just inspired someone to do something good for other people.
One day, mom and I were driving down the road and saw that there were some water jugs all over a neighbor’s yard. Mom pulled over so I could get out and put the jugs back into the recycling bin. When I was half way done, the neighbor came out of the house and looked embarrassed. I gave him a Blueberry Card and told him a bit about the program. He looked happy after that and I felt happy for helping someone out.
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For my first project, I chose to give the crossing guards hot cocoa. After all they’ve done for us, I thought it would be nice to give them some hot cocoa since they have to stand out in the cold. They are out there for us to keep us safe. Without them, some people may die. To show my appreciation, I wanted to give them hot cocoa.
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For my second project, I chose to shovel my neighbors’ sidewalk. My neighbors, Elmer and Mary-Ann, have been like grandparents to me, and Elmer is sick. So, I thought it would be nice because they didn’t have to go out into the cold and do it themselves.
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For my third project, I chose to make baby hats for Hurley hospital. I had my tonsils removed at Hurley hospital and they were very nice to me, so I wanted to do something nice for them. I made nice warm baby hats for babies to wear home from the hospital.
I help run media during kid’s church. My Pastor, Mrs. Linda loves to make Sunday mornings super fun and filled with lots of music and videos. When I get there, she lets me know what songs and videos she needs for the service. Last month I started to train some other kids on the media system and they are really enjoying it!! It makes me really happy to serve at my church and to help other kids serve too! I love to volunteer and help to make kids church fun for everyone!
I wanted to donate some of my books that I don’t read anymore to the Davison Library so other kids could enjoy them. I like to read and last year we visited the library and I had a great time there! When I dropped off my donation, the librarian was very kind and grateful. It made me feel great that she was so excited to take my donation. I also got a library card while we were there and I look forward to borrowing books and making more donations.
When my mom told me that at Aldi’s it costs money to rent a shopping cart, I couldn’t believe it. I looked through my piggy bank and found some quarters. We went to our local Aldi’s and left a cup of quarters with a note “Help Yourself”! It was a great feeling to help someone who may not have had a quarter handy when they got to the cart rental.
My first Blueberry Moment was when my mom was in Florida. I planned to clean the house. I vacuumed the living room and my sister was in the kitchen vacuuming. That Blueberry Moment made me feel good that I was helping my mom.
For my second moment, when I go to my grandma’s apartment and I see that she needs help, I always help without being asked. Helping my grandma makes me feel independent and not like a little kid.
For my third moment, I handed out cards to make people happy and feel good about themselves. I made these because out in the world there are people who feel like they are not good enough. So, I made these for people to encourage them and make them feel good. It made me feel like a really good person.
For my first Blueberry project my uncle, dad and I went to a gas station with the packaged Thanksgiving lunch in two bags. I was quite nervous I have never done this kind of stuff before. There were two men at the cash register. We handed them the two bags full of food, dressing, and our Blueberry Cards. It made me feel good to do something nice for someone else, especially around Thanksgiving!
For my second Blueberry project, my mom, sister and I left home to a soup kitchen we were there with some friends. I volunteered to do the dressings. It was a good experience talking beside my mom and looking at the happy faces that were sitting down and eating their dinner. I loved doing something nice for someone else!
For my third Blueberry project, I gave my classmate some chapstick. She said she had badly chapped lips so I bought some chapstick and gave it to her. She was happy that I thought of her.
As my first Blueberry Moment, I decided to shovel my neighbor’s driveway. I did this because it was the nice thing to do. I felt bad because she is older and had to drive through the thick snow every day she went out. So, my family and I went and shoveled her driveway. It was nice to work with my family, and do something nice for someone else.
As my second Blueberry Moment, I made a compliment jar for my neighbor. I did this because my neighbor’s husband passed away recently. I felt bad so I made her a compliment jar. A compliment jar is a jar that’s full of nice thoughts. When you are having a bad day, you pull out a compliment to brighten your day. Hopefully this will help her through this difficult time in her life.
As my third Blueberry Moment, I did a book donation to my old daycare center. My sister and I were going through our books. The books we didn’t want we decided to donate. It felt good to give back to the people who cared for me when I was little.
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I went The Little Red Hen, and we filled bags for a Christmas party. The reason I decided to do it was because every month they work so hard to fill the bags for the kids and moms, and they get so many thing to sort and put in bags. The people that hosted the party were very glad that I helped. They took the bags to the Flint women’s shelter to pass out to kids who didn’t have a place to stay. I gave the Blueberry Card to one of the ladies that works at the Little Red Hen. They are going to pass the card on and do something for someone else!
For my Blueberry Moment, I wanted to do something for our military. I asked my class for their help! We decorated valentine cards and taped candy to them. My mom helped me mail them to men and women in our military. They will now get a valentine, and a treat to brighten their day while they are away from their families helping keep our country safe.
My first Blueberry Moment was when I donated food and toys for the animals at the Genesee county humane society. The two ladies that worked there were so nice! We walked around the shelter for a bit. We saw some adorable animals. There was even a cat named Izzy! I fell in love quickly. She had all black fur. There was a sweet dog named Buddy. He would jump up on his cage when people walked by him. Every animal in there, made me fall in love quickly with them. I felt good giving them food and toys.
My second Blueberry Moment, I helped my grandma make Thanksgiving dinner. She needed help making the mashed potatoes. It was a fun and good experience. I helped her peel all of the potatoes. I liked peeling them. I like to bake and cook. That is how I helped my Grandma make thanksgiving dinner.
For my next Blueberry Moment, my brother and I both donated clothes we no longer wear to Goodwill. We had shirts, pants, shoes, and even some old Halloween costumes. It felt good to know I was helping others in need. I know I will always want to help others. I enjoyed doing all of my Blueberry Moments.