Kindness Is Valuable Currency
Meet David Gaab, a CM Volunteer and Donor Whose “Ordinary” Gifts Make an Extraordinary Difference
Helping one another...it’s ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. Ordinary because the desire to help is innate in us all. Extraordinary because not everyone answers the call, but when they do, days are brightened and sometimes, lives are changed.
David Gaab answered. It was just something he had to do.
“I knew I wanted to volunteer, but I didn’t know where,” says David.
During lunch with a friend, David expressed his desire to find the right and perfect place share his time and heart. The friend suggested Children's Mercy. That was three years and 500 volunteer hours ago. In that time, David has served as an inpatient volunteer and today works on the Thursday Moon Desk team at the Adele Hall Campus.
“So many people have touched my heart since volunteering at the hospital. You realize how precious and fragile we all are,” David says.
David’s kindness is valuable currency to his Children’s Mercy teammates who describe him as dependable, kind and thoughtful.
“David is an integral part of the Moon Desk team,” says Volunteer and Guest Services Director, Nicki Johnson. “He seems to find authentic joy in giving directions and interacting with families and employees. These might seem like small things, but they can make a big difference in the day of a family who has a sick child.”
And in turn, the families and children David has met have made an impression on his heart. So much so that he recently decided to add the hospital to his estate plan as a beneficiary. He says it was an easy decision and an easy process.
“I have been blessed with a great life and am now fortunate enough to give my time to help others. When I am gone to my forever home, I want some of what I have worked for to benefit these children,” he says.