Today, the Villanova School of Business had its second annual “flash service event”.
“60 Seconds of Service” gave students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to individually bag a lunch for a homeless person and personalize the lunch with an inspirational note. In less than 90 minutes, over 500 lunches were bagged, boxed and on their way to Cathedral Pantry at the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in Camden.
This was a simple yet impactful way to serve and bring some attention to those who are often overlooked. Set up in an assembly line fashion, students would pick up a bag, then start loading it with one of each item available, such as an apple, a milk, and an energy bar. Walking through the line took less than 30 seconds, and if the students wanted to, they could personalize the lunch by creating a personal, handwritten note to include with the lunch.
Here’s a video from last year’s event:
Since my classroom was right next to where this activity was taking place, I used the first three minutes of class to have the students go and make a lunch, if they wanted to. As I expected, I think every student volunteered to do so.
When one of my students came back, I asked him if he felt better from his quick bout of service, and he responded that he usually doesn’t do things like that, but that he did feel a sense of having done something important.
So it doesn’t take much to make a difference, just a willingness to do something.
So a big thanks to the committee that organized this event and for all those who volunteered; for me, it’s one of the highlights of the year.