Our First Family Service Project

One of the values I hope to instill in my children is a moral imperative for public service.  I hope that they will be willing to imagine themselves in the shoes of others and hope that they will respond and work towards social change when witnessing inequalities and disparities.  We’ve worked on introducing our big girl (and our son too even though he’s too young right now to understand) these ideals by organizing clothes and toys to donate to shelters, preparing Christmas boxes for children in other countries, and having a daily ritual of ending our days by discussing what we are thankful for.

We also hope that our kids will have a concern for the earth and how their daily choices will have an impact on future generations.  We teach to recycle in our home, turn off lights, and discuss why we choose products that are Eco friendly.

I’ve been searching for service projects that seemed appropriate for a three-year-old.  When my friend told me about the “One thing that’s green event” sponsored by the New York Restoration Project and Jet Blue, I knew it would be a great service project for our family. Our big girl still talks about the tornado that took out an estimated 3,000 trees in Queens last September and clearly remembers the massive amounts of fallen trees.

Together with around 600 volunteers, we planted trees in an are in Queens on Saturday.  It felt great to be part of such a positive collective project.

The next day, the girl stopped at one of the many massive tree stumps on our block and said “Look, this tree fell over, we need to plant a new one”!

Pirate captain surveying the damage, September 2010
One of the many fallen trees in Forest Hills last September.
Hard at work.
Planting trees.
Mama spreads mulch and baby spreads joy!


  1. Great pictures of this event. I loved participating in it with you guys and hanging out :)! Love seeing Lucia in her pirate hat, too 🙂

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