By: Heriberto Leal
If you are a person like me, who falls in love with children because of their smile, innocence, and how tiny they are, then this story is for you.
Children are the biggest blessing ever. Even when I was younger, I always thought kids were everything to me. I never wanted to be a teacher, but I knew I wanted to work with kids. During an internship at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, I spent a lot of time in the ER with sick kids.
I had more ER hours and experience than anyone in internship. But why? Because I would wait for kids to come in, hoping they would not be too sick, but also hoping they would come in so I could step in and help. My experiences ranged from taking kids to get an X-ray to interacting with a little girl who put lollipop stickiness on my badge after I suctioned her nose. I could not resist my big love for that little girl.
I am thankful for the numerous clubs I am involved in school. Being a teacher assistant at Swift Elementary allows me to mentor a special needs class. Being there, I meet the sweetest kids ever who struggle with reading and learning disabilities. Coming back from the Christmas holidays, I found out this little girl I know had her house burn down. I felt so sad and I knew I had to help. Being involved in HOSA, Junior Optimist, Leo Club, Student Council, Key Club, FBLA, and so many other clubs, I knew I was not alone.
Being involved so much allowed me to hold a donation drive for this young girl who is just in 1st grade. She is so precious and words cannot describe how sweet she is. I want to thank the Lion Pride News staff who would air news promotions about it about every day, HOSA who really pushed this project, Junior Optimist Club, Leo Club, and our ROTC. Foley is an awesome school with a big heart when it comes to helping.
Fairhope High School also took part in this donation drive. At first, I wanted to do it alone, but then I thought, “Foley High School will help me as well.” I could have not done it alone. I still need to make a part two soon to deliver more items, but I stay pretty busy. I will continue being involved too much and help anyone I can, because I know I am capable of doing it. Shelby and her little sister benefited from this drive, as well as her puppy.