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January 30, 2011 / Meg

Smiling about the Little Things.

Today I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

As I mentioned before, I’m on the leadership team for Duke Divinity’s community service organization called Basin and Towel.  [In case you may be wondering, the name comes from John 13.]

Our first event of the spring semester was a Habitat for Humanity build, and we had about 20 divinity student volunteers.  I spent the majority of the day on a ladder, nailing hurricane ties inside the house.


I still can’t really explain what hurricane ties do other than provide more support, but it was hard work installing them all morning!

I was responsible for organizing lunch for all of the volunteers today (including the Habitat workers and some volunteers from the local Rotary Club).  Around 11:00, Laura (one of Basin & Towel’s co-presidents) and I went to Target to get some salad and pop  [or soda], and then we went to Domino’s to pick up the pizza for lunch.

As we left Domino’s carrying 12 boxes of pizza this sweet lady who was on her way in jokingly asked us, “Where’s the party at?”  I replied, “No party today.  We’re just grabbing lunch for a group service project.”  Noticing our duct tape name tags she said, “I recognize those name tags.  You must be volunteering with Habitat!  I’m a proud Habitat homeowner.  Thank you all for volunteering.”

Sometimes it doesn’t seem like something as small as nailing a few hurricane ties to the inside of a house could make a big difference.  Sometimes it doesn’t seem like a quick conversation with a stranger could either.  But realizing that a few hours hammering some nails can truly change a family’s life is awesome.

I walked away from Domino’s smiling.  Smiling about the yummy pizza we were about to eat.  Smiling about the Habitat build.  Smiling about the fellowship in our group and the cool people we met that morning.  And smiling, knowing the morning that we spent installing hurricane ties and shingles would make a positive impact on a family.

All in all, I’m even more convinced that it’s the little things in life that make all the difference.


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  1. Evan Ashcraft / Jan 31 2011 1:44 am


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