Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
This week, I got to be a part of one of the best projects yet at JCPC. It was intergenerational, it was fun, it was quick, and it served those in need. It started with someone we don't know posting a video on social media - how to make no-sew face masks for healthcare workers. Previously, the youth and I had no way to help make masks - no sewing machines or materials. But I knew the Knit Wits had material and love our youth. In less than a day, they gathered materials, pre-cut squares, and dropped it all off at church for me. My household assembled kits with the material, glue, bags, instructions, and patterns. And between myself, a college student, and youth parent, we delivered them.
On Sunday night, we gathered on Zoom. Both the MS and HS youth logged on, made masks together, and sent them back via church. Start to finish, almost every age group was represented in our project. It was then I heard from another college student that he's returned home to turn his 3D printer into a one-man operation, churning out hundreds of PPE face masks for local use and NY. I told the kids and our college students that they really are my heroes. They all shrugged and had a similar reaction. They were happy to help. Who else was gonna do it?
In one of my favorite action movies, the fourth installment of the Die Hard series, the cop hero of the movie is driving his sidekick to put a stop to the bad guys' plot. This kid calls him a hero and he says he's not one. He says there's just no one else there to do the work, so he's doing it. And the kid, whose life he's saved a dozen times says, "that's what makes you that guy, huh?" Each of our youth and college students is that guy or that gal this week. They saw the need and put their shoulder to the task, no questions asked, all enthusiasm. Grateful to our Knit Wits, parents, and youth. This week, they supported the heroes on our front lines - medical workers. Thanks for your hard work. You are loved.