Marsh Foundation Youth Complete 26 Acts of Kindness
VAN WERT, Ohio – Since the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, people across the nation have been sending donations and doing kind deeds in honor of those killed. On a national level, NBC has been specifically promoting doing 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims.
When discussing the tragedy with activities coordinator Sherry Grone, the youth at The Marsh Foundation felt like this was something they could do to make a small difference. So, from February through May, the youth will complete a total of 26 acts of kindness on campus and in the community.
“The youth on campus have been challenged to do two or three service projects each month,” said Grone. “The kids have been very energetic and hopefully the projects are working to instill a sense of compassion and empathy.”
There are three group homes on campus and each has worked together to choose monthly projects. Already, the youth have made a pie for the maintenance staff and delivered cookies to administrative staff. By the end of the school year, next month, all 26 acts will be complete.
The girls at Clymer Hall have adopted a soldier and are sending him letters until he returns home from overseas. They also spent time at Wal-Mart gathering and cleaning up shopping carts in the parking lot. One weekend, some boys on campus made and entire meal and took it to the firemen at the Van Wert Fire Department.
“I’m really proud of the projects they’ve chosen and the way that they are making a positive impact in our community,” Grone added.
Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.
The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit www.marshfoundation.org.