Thursday, February 17, was a special day for Dr. Sharma as he visited NOC’s Learning Center at Island Lutheran Church on Hilton Head Island. His expectation was simple: He expected to see smiling faces of children working diligently with teachers from local schools, volunteers, and NOC’s field staff. But, lo and behold, he was greeted at the door by two parents who surprised him with a basket of fruits artfully carved by these parents. The presentation had NOC’s logo and the name of the church –Island Lutheran Church. These parents said that this gift was a token of appreciation from the children and families NOC serves locally.
Clearly, this gesture was unexpected, but greatly appreciated for the thoughtfulness of the people NOC serves. Caring for others, especially those who are in need and those who are vulnerable, is the essence of our existence and purpose in life.