There's a feeling of suspense whenever I sign up for this volunteering activity. Will the house be filled with layers of dust? Blobs of oil in the kitchen? Hair clumps in the toilet? Cockroaches scuttering or flying in the house? Yet, no matter what the challenge, I'm always sure the team’s determination would come through and make it a great cleaning act!
For this session, we were tasked to help an elderly couple. A pair of smiling faces greeted us as we entered the home. The elderly couple had been expecting us since their nurse-in-charge had arranged for home maintenance the previous month. We walked around to understand what needed to be done and divided the different tasks among ourselves - sweeping, dusting, spraying, mopping, catching pests, fixing bulbs - you name it, we did it!
As we raced against time to clean hard-to-reach corners, high ceilings and different areas of the house, we were a little concerned we could not complete what we set out to do. It was not an easy feat but we never gave up! We were very focused because we didn't know when the house would be chosen for cleaning again (knowing that there were about 100 homes in the queue!) Ever so often, we would hear the elderly couple thanking us and asking us to take a break – how sweet!
It’s amazing what just a few pairs of willing hands can do. That’s all it took to help this elderly couple lead a healthier life.