We all have needs

Once a month I volunteer at Night Lights, a Dallas program for children with special needs. The children and their siblings come for art, gym time and fun while their parents enjoy an free evening. Some of the children use wheel chairs or have other physical limitations, and some have mental or emotional limitations.

Recently while I was volunteering, I was talking to a teenager with autism issues when a boy in a wheel chair pushed his way past us. The teenager leaned over and whispered in a soft voice, “Everyone here has needs.”

At first, I didn’t understand. I thought my friend had said, “Everyone here has knees.”

Finally, when I understood that the word was “needs,” not “knees,” I thought about the truth in this teenager’s words. All of us who were participating in the program that night—the children, the volunteers and the staff—have needs. We all need to be treated with kindness and respect and love.

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