This post was written by David Um.
Hi everybody! This past Sunday, February 12, 2012, I had the pleasure of overseeing the Mercy Ministry project (aka "Operation V-Day") for the Parkview Health Care Center. The event started with many artistic and creative people creating some pretty awesome cards during the catered lunch. Marianne graciously made plenty of stencils and pre-cut cards using her fancy-smancy card making contraption. I would list each person that helped make and decorate cards, but I honestly cannot remember for there were some many people that helped.
We made a total of 103 cards in roughly 1.5 hrs and then we caravanned over to Parkview Health Care Center and went to the community room where we performed a few worship songs and then passed out the AWESOME Valentine’s Day cards that were made by the fantastic people of IGC. We gave cards to the residents in the community room and spent time with them, while others went around the center giving cards to residents who stayed in their rooms.
To be completely honest, I thought this event was going to be a failure since I didn't have any confirmed responses from people for making cards or going to the center. In the end though, everything worked out thanks to God's grace and the kindness and flexibility of those who helped. We had a really successful event with some good takeaway lessons in communication and planning and I feel future events will be much more organized. It was great spreading some joy and love and spending time with the residents of Parkview. They genuinely enjoyed our company and the cards!
Thank you everyone that helped make and decorate cards and thank you to those of you who came to Parkview Health Care Center. You all rock. God rocks. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! xoxo.