Happy New Year! So 365 Days of Giving has officially started and we couldn't have asked for a better first project. Dona and I volunteered this afternoon at Global Soap Project and had the most amazing experience!
Global Soap Project is an organization that recovers and recycles soap from American hotels. The soap is sanitized, melted, and remolded into new bars that is then sent across the world to refugee camps (to learn more about this organization please visit: http://www.globalsoap.org/). The founder of Global Soap Project, Derreck, walked us through the entire process. As he explained each step his passion for what he does was evident. Even with us asking a million questions it was clear that his drive for this project is unwavering.
We helped out with sanitizing the soap - inspecting and cleaning every bar (while listening to some good R&B). There were conversations and laughter all around, whether it was getting to know each other, sharing stories from the weekend, or discussing cultural differences. No one could feel out of place in this environment because Derreck makes it a point to keep everyone involved. His humility and his mission really makes you look at life in a different way.
Before we left, Derreck met with all the volunteers to thank them on behalf of those whose lives we had just impacted. He also talked about leading a purposeful life and how volunteering can become a part of your life, not just a one time deal. Derreck is truly an inspiration! Thank you for everything that you are doing!