Comcast Cares Day
This weekend was definitely a busy one… Saturday was Comcast Cares Day!
My husband works for Comcast, and every year employees, as well as their families and friends volunteer to improve our communities. This year, my husband’s office volunteered to paint the doors and plant flowers at Leesburg Elementary School, which also happens to be our children’s school. The boys were SO excited that Daddy was going to make their school look nice.
After my work day ended on Thursday, I picked the boys up from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and we headed to their school. I thought it would be neat for them to see the Comcast technicians preparing the doors to be painted. I planned to stop by, say hello, then head home. That didn’t happen….
We ended up helping them clean the doors. Since I hadn’t planned on staying, I didn’t bring a change of clothes…lovely. The boys bonded with Daddy’s co-workers, and both ended up soaking themselves with the hose by the time we left for home.
This time I was smart, and brought a change of clothes. Again, I picked up the boys and we went back to the school to tape the doors. I have NEVER painted very well, possibly because I don’t have the patience to clean the walls, and tape everything up. It’s amazing how much easier everything was when you take the time to do the prep work.
We had a lot of fun! Both boys attached themselves to a specific person…Gage to my husband’s boss, and Michael to my husband’s friend. I had to keep diverting their attention to give these poor guys a break. They were really awesome, and had so much patience with the boys…but it’s a lot when you aren’t used to having small children around.
The day for painting was now here. We woke early, and headed to the school. Comcast brought donuts (Oh, so tempting…but I was good), and talked to the group about the day’s plans. So many volunteers came…it was awesome. The principal (who is super sweet), my husband’s supervisor, Jerry, and my husband, who was the lead on the project, talked to the volunteers about the different tasks, and everyone dispersed.
The kids couldn’t paint so we headed to the butterfly garden. Gage jumped right in and started helping unload mulch and manure, but Michael was too small so we walked around and took pictures of the volunteers. I knew I had to find something to keep him occupied, so I started taping doors next to the kindergarten playground so he could run off energy. He was ecstatic that he got to go to recess on a Saturday.
Comcast catered lunch with Jimmy Johns (yeah, I caved). We tried to complete as much work as possible because once everyone ate, we knew work would slow to a crawl. After we ate …. work slowed to a crawl, lol.
It was a long, hot day but it was such an amazing opportunity. Not only did the school get freshly painted doors, and a new butterfly garden…but we got to teach the boys how much fun volunteering could be. Gage worked so hard. I was so proud of everyone. Plus, we got to meet some really sweet people.
Michael and Volunteering
I felt bad there wasn’t much Michael could do so he could feel like he helped on Comcast Cares Day, so I brought him to the front of the school and we started picking weeds. I told him now he can tell all of his friends that he made the front gardens pretty.
I just want to give my husband some major kudos. He did such an amazing job leading everyone. He’s a perfectionist so he kept walking around making sure nothing was left undone. He was so outgoing and friendly with everyone, and so patient. When everyone left after lunch, and there was work left over, he went into overdrive to get everything completed. He did all of this, not for the recognition, but because he’s a hard worker. Even though he didn’t do it for the recognition, I think he made an awesome impression on his bosses.
The only thing he wasn’t happy about was finding out that the principal invited the press this Tuesday to recognize Comcast for volunteering to improve the school…and he and his supervisor were volunteered by the big boss to attend. LOL!
Thank you to all of the volunteers that made Saturday such a memorable day!