Henry and William Gosbeth, two young brothers from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, recently spent their evening volunteering at Cathedral Plaza Apartments, a Catholic Charities Housing complex in Denver. Despite the fact they are only three and five years old, they were eager to help and spent time after school helping to prepare and serve meals to residents. Their time spent with the residents from a different generation is a reminder that connection is all around us if you take the time to find it.
Their father, Dan Gosbeth, who is the resident service coordinator at Cathedral Plaza, believes it is best to teach children how to give back to the community from a young age.
“It is crucial to instill in our children the importance of giving back as soon as possible.”
The boys were excited to jump in, and even though the kitchen gloves they wore were a few sizes too large, they worked hard to bring the food to the dozens excitedly waiting for their meal.
The residents of Cathedral Plaza were delighted to watch the two boys set up and prepare the meal, with one resident even guiding them in placing dessert plates on a tray prior to serving. The resident commended the boys for their great effort, and they were thrilled to receive such positive feedback. Other residents in the community room watched with smiles on their faces, proud of the young boys’ efforts, and seeing young people jump in to assist them. This experience was a great lesson for the brothers, teaching them that helping others and instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment can happen at any age.
Volunteering at Catholic Charities is a fun way to get your family involved in the community! Whether you are interested in assisting with a craft, event or meal, connections are ready to be made. Reach out to Jennifer Cerf firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ccdenver.org/volunteer to browse volunteer activities.