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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Rays of Sunshine
Anyone from the Cleveland area would definitely agree that when it rains here, it pours suddenly, harshly, and nonstop. On rainy days, most people scurry to find a warm and dry shelter to protect them from the cats and dogs falling from the sky outside. Most people. At the Boys and Girls Club on Broadway, we got the unique opportunity to witness nineteen awesome men and women from various Office Max stores in the Cleveland area who not only volunteered hours of their time to come and help us clean rooms around the club, but they also planted new flowers throughout our gardens in the pouring rain. Their benevolence and hard work is evident all throughout our club.
Front yard garden
This group of Office Max volunteers was all business from the time they arrived at 9 am. They started the morning off by cleaning bleachers in our gym and picking up the trash in between all the seats. The volunteers then tackled various storage rooms where they cleaned out old supplies, re-organized shelves, and even moved some items we had to a new storage room. Next, they proceeded to move outdoors where they split into teams and planted flowers in our numerous flower gardens and around our field. There was only one small problem: a huge rain storm was raging outside. However, this did not stop these courageous men and women from completing their task. Despite our numerous efforts to get them to come inside, they went on planting as if it was any other regular day. It rained for at least an hour and half and not once did any of these volunteers come inside other than for a drink of water or more tools. They did not complain nor did they obtain negative attitudes. We were all simply in awe at the focus, efficiency, and dedication that these men and women possessed throughout their time at the club. However, the most amazing part about the whole experience was that they did all this before lunch time.
Around 12:30pm, the Office Max volunteers finally took a break and went on lunch. However, their day was only half over. After all of the hard work that they did during the morning, this fearsome group decided to volunteer even more of their time by engaging in “interactive time” with the children from the club. They played ping pong and basketball, read, talked and spend hours just hanging out around the club with the children.By the time the Office Max volunteers left that day, they had volunteered over 100 hours of their time to the club.
The kindness and selflessness that the Office Max workers showed towards the Broadway Boys and Girls Club is priceless. From working in the rain to hanging with the children, this special group of volunteers went over and beyond all that was asked of them. Both the children and the staff really appreciated and enjoyed the positive energy and liveliness that the volunteers displayed the entire time that they were here. They are truly an amazing group of individuals and we are very grateful for all that they did for us.