Distractions at the Doctors Office
Posted by: Danielle Pfleger on Oct 16, 2013
What issue did your Take Action project address?
My project addressed two issues. One issue was children being scared at the doctors office. I wanted to do something to make the kids less afraid. I decided to paint a mural in one of the rooms at the doctors office. Another issue I addressed was bad hygiene in teens. I made bags with various hygiene products for the office to give to the teens that went there. The bags included a list of things to do that will help your hygiene.
What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
For my project, I painted a mural and made bags for a doctors office. The doctors office I worked with was Samaritan Health Center in Danbury, CT. SHC is a clinic for families that can't afford to go to the doctor. Families can get the help they need for a price they can afford. I decided to paint the mural because I know that going to the doctor can be scary. When I asked SHC if they wanted me to paint anything specific, they told me that they wanted a mural of Noah's Ark. I worked on some sketches and before I knew it, the mural was complete. I had a lot of fun. I also made an activity sheet to go with the mural. I made the packet in Spanish and English because many of the people that go to SHC don't speak English. When I asked SHC if the people were liking the mural, they said it was a huge success. Everyone loved it. For the older kids, I made hygiene bags. The bags included shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. I also included a list of things that teens can do to keep good hygiene. I made twenty bags of products. I have also decided to make the hygiene bags every year. Last year, I made two hundred bags. I raised over $1,000 for the bags and got lots of donations of products. I donated the extra money to SHC to use for whatever they needed. I have a lot of fun helping others and this is an easy way to help out.
What were the results? How did it affect the community?
The results of my project were amazing. I helped SHC a lot and I had a ton of fun. The mural turned out great and the bags were a huge success. Lots of people in my community learned about SHC and what they do. I also got to show teens how important hygiene is.
What did you learn from the experience?
I learned lots of great people skills. I interacted with lots of adults at SHC and also talked to lots of people I don't know about my project. I also learned how amazing it feels to help others. Another thing I learned is how many people are struggling in our world today. There was a whole wall covered in file shelves and filled with files of people that went to SHC for help. That was a visual for me of all the people that need help. I am really grateful for what I have and I want to continue to do everything I can to help others.