American Univesity of Beirut

Serving smiles to local youngsters

​ Members from OSB's Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs, recently visited the Center of the House of Divine Mercy for a community service event.

The event fits with the group's mission to impact the lives of people from different societal backgrounds and guide them toward a brighter future. Residents at the Center, children ages two to 18, have experienced many types of difficult life events, including separation from parents and other family members.

The Center's director welcomed Beta Gamma Sigma participants and described some of the residents they would meet. “Going in, we were anxious to meet and bond with the kids and try to bring joy to their hearts," noted member Mona Sobh.

“The minute we walked in, the children stared in wonderment at us then immediately greeted and introduced themselves individually, a truly moving sight that encouraged us to get to know each child personally," stated member Najwa Al Sammak. “They are kids filled with life and hope, and they were thrilled to see us."

After playing and talking with the children, comparing notes on favorite superheroes, and learning some new dance moves, members celebrated the birthday of one of the children with cake and singing. “It was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to the children we had bonded with throughout the course of the day, and it's safe to say that they have given us a greater appreciation to our own lives, reminding us of how really grateful we ought to be," said Sobh.

“The main goal of this experience was to bring happiness, but that day proved that the only way you take is by giving. We left having achieved much more than our goal. At the end of the day, our hearts were also filled with happiness and gratefulness," concluded Al Sammak. 

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