Tuesday, December 6, 2011

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Teenagers and a child with special needs took action by volunteering to feed socialize, and create comfort for children,veterans and their families

December 6, 2011
For more information:
Cindy Williams 343-4725

"We at Teaching Hands in Boise, Idaho and American Legion Post 113 in Meridian, Idaho are serious when we welcome everyone into the American Legion." stated Williams. Both non-profits understand the urgency of families and individuals needing a stable and safe environment to socialize.

Williams was elated to hear this comment from a volunteer teenager,  "This is so rewarding in helping other people," stated K.T. while he placed the prepared food on the table. Besides assisting in the kitchen, K. T. took it upon himself to walk to the Meridian Food Bank (with adult supervision) to let their clients know we have a meal for them.

There are other teens that are responsible for setting up and tearing down tables and chairs. One of them is a young man, Phoenix. He's mentally disabled but you don’t see it stopping him. "Phoenix has a huge heart," said Williams. Phoenix needs to be a part of our group and Teaching Hands volunteers enthusiastically accept him. Williams learned through his family how to interact with him. He was given the duties of setting up chairs, greeting people, and coloring.  

Other life skills for Phoenix are learning how to socialize and when to take a break from all the activity.

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, please come and receive a free hot meal from 5-7:30 pm at the American Legion, 22 W. Broadway, Meridian, Idaho. In addition to hot meals, the volunteers of Teaching Hands are giving away free handcrafted items (that they have made) to give comfort and warmth to those in need. Phoenix's mom, Angel, will draw the designs on the cards and then Phoenix will color in the pictures. These cards will range in content from thanking our veterans for their service to giving someone encouragement. Also, family members bring DVD's (family appropriate) for everyone to view while they are participating.  We do this every first and third Thursday of the month.