By Lori Schomer, St. Anne’s Staff
For most of us, when we hear the date 9/11, we think about the horrific acts of terrorism against our country.
Little did I know that God’s plan for me that day would take on a whole new meaning.
For you see, that is the date I started working at St. Anne’s. The first thing that struck me was the acts of kindness happening all around me. Mostly, they are done out of sheer goodness.
Everyday I see my coworkers making a difference in the lives of our residents. There truly is no small gesture. Something as simple as a smile, an ear to listen, a hug to brighten someone’s day, goes a long way.
The following are just a few of the examples I have witnessed:
- helping a resident find a shirt and tie for a funeral
- shopping for a resident – clothing, soda pop, groceries
- sharing a newspaper
- picking up a favorite fast food
- watching a favorite TV program together
- bringing in fleece for residents to make blankets for the hospital VA, etc.
- arranging stuffed animals on a bed when making it
- bringing in a family pet for them to hold and pet
- going for a walk or sitting outside together
- bringing in food from a UND wacipi powwow to celebrate a resident’s heritage
This is why I feel God’s love shines through my co-workers.