We came, we went, we volunteered - Updated 3/12 - Final Thoughts
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So this trip will have a lot of firsts for us. Staying at the BC and POP will both be new for us. Playing Mini Golf and using the QSDP will be firsts. Seeing Obama at the HoP will be cool and we can hopefully see Country Bear Jamboree. I want to see the movie in France and the Circle of Life Movie in the Land for the first time. And I want to try a Kim Possible Mission, I think DS will dig that. I have also never seen One Man's Dream in DHS, so that is a must do! And I want to explore Innoventions a little more.
Eating at Tusker House, Ohana's and Beirgarten will be firsts. And I want to try the Tangierine Cafe in Morocco and the Yakitori House in Japan, along with the bakery in Norway and the pastry shop in France. With the QSDP and 2 snacks credits each day that should be a cinch! I would also like to try out the tequila bar in Mexico.
It has also been a long time since we have ridden Pooh, PP and Snow White in the MK, so I'd like to get to them this year.
I am scheduled to work at my local Food Bank on Thursday to check out the Give a Day, Get a Day promotion. We don't need free tickets since my parents get us in free, but I'd like to see how it works and get a FastPass if I can. I was lucky that there was a local organization that I've worked with before on the list, I know there aren't a lot of choices for some people. Also, my son is too young to volunteer, the minimum age is 15 for this project, which is too bad, but I totally understand the insurance limitations. They are having a speical volunteering function in March for people of all ages, but that is too late for us. I will report on my experience for everyone! I just hope there is enough time to get everything validated, I figure since they do it all electronically, it shouldn't take that long.
Volunteering Update Coming Up:
Donning my Wellies to cut Peat in Scotland Melissa
Today I volunteered 3 hours at our local Food Bank, where all the food comes in that is donated by stores and the government, and then member agencies (like food pantries, homeless shelters and such) come there to "shop" for food . I was a salvage assistant, which means I sorted through the donated food, checked expiration dates, assessed damage and sorted them so that the goods could be put on the shelves for agencies to "buy".
James is the man in charge of the salvage room.
You would be hard pressed to find a man who has a bigger heart for the Lord. He loves what he does, and knows it makes a difference in the lives of people. And he has a great testimony about how he once was lost and now is found! I've worked with him the last several years during the Postal Workers Food Drive every May. We sort the food as the Postal Workers bring it in. It is back breaking work but a lot of fun. Today was much easier because we could stand at waist height tables to sort. The amount of donated food is tremendous! It is amazing how much food would go to waste if there weren't Food Banks to distribute it. I thank God for places like CVS and Kroger who allow their goods to be donated, not every store does and it is such a shame to see good food go to waste.
Anyway, I had a great time working with James and two other volunteers who come every week. I wanted to talk to the volunteer coordinator about what their response has been from the Give a Day, Get a Day program, but he was in a meeting when I left. So I will send him an email about how much I enjoyed working there and ask him my questions then.
I almost forgot, DH wasn't able to go with me, something came up at church, so we will just have to make due with one FastPass. I just have to decide when to use it!
Now I just have to wait to get my email so I can print out my certificate. It said on the website it could take 2 weeks, but at this early date I bet it won't take that long. I already received an email today that thanked me for volunteering! Disney certainly has a very efficient email and tracking system in place!
Coming Up - More ramblings I'm sure!
Donning my Wellies to cut Peat in Scotland Melissa