I’ll be honest. When I was younger, I cared more for dogs than I did for people. If it came down to it, I would choose to help a dog over a person. A sad story about a human might make me a little upset, but if I heard a sad story about a poor puppy that was injured, or lost, or mistreated, my whole day would be ruined.
I know there are others out there who can agree that they feel or once felt the same. I’ve spoken to them before. Others, like my mom, always thought there was something wrong with me. For me, I think it was a matter of lacking life experience. I lived a very sheltered life, never having a worry or a need. There weren’t very many times when I needed to feel compassion or show support for other people. I still have plenty of affection for dogs – and all animals for that matter – but now that I am older and have experienced more things, I find that my heart has more capacity and love for people than it once did.
I imagine that I owe some of my change of heart and willingness to help others to working at Kids Wish Network. It’s one thing to see the instances of human sickness or sadness that are broadcast on the evening news, but it’s another thing to speak to someone who is at the end of their rope and try to be the voice of comfort that they cling to. It’s my job to deal with stuff like this, and on a daily basis, I hear stories that break my heart. I want to jump through the phone or the computer and console these families. I know that sometimes words just aren’t enough.
Kids Wish Network is a wish granting charity for children who have life-threatening illnesses. Little boys and girls who haven’t had a chance to live their lives are fighting for the chance to do so. They just want to be like every other healthy boy and girl that they see. And I want that for them, too.
Despite the storm clouds that hang over our kids, Kids Wish Network offers a ray of hope to brighten their lives even if only for a short moment. The majority of my job involves talking to families who either are looking for a wish granting charity to make their kid’s wish come true, looking for help in the form or medical needs or basic necessities for their children, interviewing wish families after the wish has been granted, or talking to a loved one of a child who has passed away. I hear so many sad stories about sick and needy children. Until working at Kids Wish Network, I never knew the need was so strong. Even though my part in the whole process here is small, I still play a part in it. I want to be able to use the programs that Kids Wish Network offers to make a difference in the lives of as many children and families as I possibly can.
Today, when I think about the stories of people in need, my heart goes out to them. I know that I can’t help every single person in the world who needs assistance, but I can start with those that cross my path here. Just think, if everyone gave a hand to one person who needed it, maybe the whole world would have what they needed. Then there would be less and less stories of people who needed help and didn’t get it in time.
And that goes for dogs, too!