When I first walked into GiGi’s Playhouse, I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I knew I loved spending time with people with special needs, as I had done so often in the past with family friends and people at school. However, I had never met anyone with Down syndrome before. Despite the fact that I did not know anyone personally with Down Syndrome, I had done extensive research on it from doing a project on the scientific aspect of it at school. I was fascinated, to say the least.
I had heard of GiGi’s Playhouse through friends at school, but I was feeling conflicted on whether it was the right place for me to volunteer and if i would enjoy it. In the end, I figured that it was worth a try, and I am so glad that I did! My first time volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse was one of the most unique experiences of my life. I immediately formed a bond with the kids—kids I had never met before! I knew right then and there that I would I would love coming back consistently.
Now, I always look forward to the days I come in to volunteer. I have made friendships with several of the people that come to the playhouse, and I am always very excited to see them. Sadly, I often notice that outside of GiGi’s Playhouse, people with special needs aren’t always treated the way they deserve to be treated. However, I can say that the people I have met at GiGi’s Playhouse are genuine, kind, and fun. GiGi’s Playhouse will always be a place that brings a huge smile to my face whenever I walk in through the door.