This year for Serve Day, a group of art students came together to do something a bit different from the usual manual labor that accompanies the day. We headed out close to home to a physical therapy center to continue some projects that began in years past, and even start some new ones.
My group worked on a mural in the main waiting room, recreating a typical Oregon vineyard scene that I’ll never get tired of seeing. Along with Gary Buhler, Annelise Koeth, and Yixuan Pan, we spent the day laughing and painting and chatting with patients who came to watch. At one point during the day, there was a little girl who sheepishly watched us render grapes and leaves, but soon even she was painting alongside Gary and contributing to the mural.
Other teams painted children’s rooms and waiting areas and a graphic design team worked to create decals of inspirational quotes to go in the workout space. It was a wonderful way to spend Serve Day—being able to help others through our particular gifts and blessing others, and being blessed ourselves.