Never too Old to Serve
Beverly is the oldest volunteer that has served with Revive Humanity. She is in her mid 80’s and proves a point that at any age you can get out there and serve! She’s been on 5 Service Tours (Costa Rica, Palestine, the Philippines and 2 Service Cruises to the Western Caribbean.) She wrote down some of her highlights from her recent Service Tour to the Philippines and volunteered to share them here…
“I really liked the Philippines and thoroughly enjoyed the SERVICE TOUR. Over and over, on this tour, I had a special feeling inside. You might know the feeling I’m talking about, it’s the feeling you get when you give a child something and you see their eyes open wide with a big smile. I never expected to do activities with so many children probably about 700 children. I feel good knowing that we helped put a smile on the children’s face and some knowledge in their minds.
I enjoyed planting the banana trees. After the super typhoon that hit the island in November 2013 the island lost many of its trees. We planted a giant banana grove. It was so very hot and humid. It really gave me a level of respect for the people that live there and deal with those temperatures daily. Even though it was hot we had a lot of fun planting and cleaning up the damage of the typhoon.
Serving food was a joy. We learned that since the super typhoon that many of the families in the area haven’t had a hot meal in months. We spent the morning preparing food for around 1,000 people. Once we had the food ready we went to a couple of different spots around the island and shared the food. The looks on their faces as they eat the food will always stay with me. They were so thankful and loved our cooking.
Another great thing was to see so many local people get involved and help us with the serive. Where ever we were or what ever we were doing there was always a group of children helping us out. I feel like I became great friends with so many locals. I will cherish that friendship forever.”