How Good It Feels To Give

Have you ever seen the happiness in a child’s eyes? Their carefree attitude can brighten even the darkest day. Sadly, not all of them get to feel the warmth of a family or enjoy life’s comforts. One day, my coworkers and I decided to do some volunteer work by going to an orphanage and setting up a small sports festival and other fun activities for the kids there. I was in charge of the prizes, and the best thing I could think of was to bring sweet baskets, which I’m glad I did.

Kids love sweets. They can’t get enough of a delicious candy bar or lollipop. They can’t seem to get enough of these sweet treats. When I was little, my preschool teacher would give sweets to anyone who answered her questions correctly. Instead of the traditional star on your palm, we would bring home sweets to show how well we did in class. Back then, we always paid attention when we looked at the candy baskets that sparkled on her table.

When we were kids, we not only got to eat sweets in class. When there’s a school event, sweet baskets are always a big part of it. For a warm afternoon game, our teachers would buy a lot of candy, and we would help them stuff the piata. The kids will yell and scream with excitement as the piata bursts open and the tasty treats fly everywhere on the playground.

Who could possibly miss Halloween? My mom would buy candy baskets for the trick-or-treaters, but she never gave me any. So I had to knock on the door after door and work hard to get my sweets. Kids’ happiness and sweets go together almost like peanut butter and jelly. So, when we talked about what prizes would be best for our mini-fundraiser for an orphanage, I said sweets.

When we got to the orphanage, a group of kids was singing and waving colorful cards to welcome us. When we saw how happy they were, it made us cry. Not very often, do people come to play with these kids? Even more so when they saw us carrying the sweet gift baskets that were the game prizes.