HCA Volunteers Deeply Impacted While Also Blessing BrightStone

dsc_0020 HCA Community Day on September 22, 2016 was such a blessing to BrightStone. Nearly 30 volunteers left their offices and put their work on hold to spend the day serving at BrightStone. Thank you HCA for having  a wonderful community program like this and allowing your employees to spend their time serving. To the volunteers who worked so hard and who made a big difference at BrightStone, we so deeply appreciate you, your time and the incredible work that you did. dsc_0155   dsc_0140 Many of the volunteers worked on the 138 acres that is the future home of the new BrightStone campus. They removed a fence and reclaimed the wood for future use by pulling out nails. It was 90 degrees that day and these volunteers worked in the hot sun all day long doing difficult, manual labor. What an incredible labor of love it was for them to do this very important task which saved BrightStone thousands of dollars by not having to pay someone to do it. dsc_0052 A few volunteers worked with the students in their job training areas, helping on an outing to practice for the Special Olympics bowling competition  and even practiced for the students' Christmas Program with them. One volunteer, Chris Dendy, formed a special bond with the students and made a new friend in Stephen, one of our student. It was wonderful to watch them interact throughout the day and to see how excited Stephen was to have Chris and the other volunteers at BrightStone. When we asked Chris about his experience, he was more than happy to share about it with us and apparently he was so touched by his time here that he's shared about BrightStone to everyone he's talked to recently! dsc_0170
"I have to say that this Community Day, in particular, was very impactful to me.  To see the work you all do, first-hand, and the impact you have on your students really emphasized to me the importance of your mission.  Getting to hang out with Stephen, especially, was one of the bright spots in my time with you all.  He was such a joy to be around and I, personally, haven’t been able to stop talking about it ever since.  I can see why you and all the other staff members there are so passionate about the work you do.  I only had a small taste of your world and it absolutely left an indelible impression on me.  It was truly an experience that I will not soon forget."dsc_0175
We are so glad that Chris enjoyed his volunteer experience and we are so thankful for all the volunteers from HCA. Thank you for making a difference in the community!  
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