On Tuesday, many of us will be celebrating Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is all about love.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Robbie Hudson is a young man that gives love all through the year. He is a humble person who is not looking for accolades, he just wants to help others. In the late 1990s he volunteered for the Charles Drew Clinic, which had a Harambee program for AIDS awareness and prevention in north and South Omaha.
And now, he does a lot of volunteer work at the Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC, the Multi-Organ Transplant Clinic at Lied Transplant Center and the Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands. He fully embraces the love he gives and receives when he is volunteering.
Hudson said, “When I first walked into the Buffett Cancer Center to volunteer my services, I could just feel in the air that health care is for me. I think working in a hospital is one of the highest forms of hospitality and customer service there is.”
And like Hudson, people reaching out to help others reap many rewards when volunteering, according to studies from the Corporation for National Service, Psychology Today and a multitude of other reports.
For instance, volunteering can help with future goals and career opportunities and provide better job prospects. According to AARP, some studies show that people who volunteer more than 100 hours a year are most likely to receive health benefits.
Volunteering can also lead to graceful aging. Studies from the Journal of Gerontology find that any social interaction can help delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
But even with all the benefits of volunteering, the greatest thing about people like Hudson is their motivation is all about the love of helping others.
Patients undergoing treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center have access to the 24/7 treatment Infusion Center and urgent care at the Buffett Cancer Center. Hudson communicates with the patients receiving infusions and their family members. He pushes carts with crochet caps, snacks and reading materials, giving the items freely to patients and their families. He is shown appreciation for his deeds.
Hudson guides families to the Resource Wellness Center, where they can find medical information. He helps doctors and nurses by running errands and pushing patients in wheelchairs to different locations.
When he is volunteering at the Multi-Organ Transplant Clinic, not only does he help with needed chores, but he entertains children who are there for treatment and watches smiles light up their faces.
The Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands, at 2910 S. 84th St., is a community-based nonprofit organization. It provides diabetic individuals and their families needed health education to control their disease. Hudson helps to put together the educational packages for the patients who attend the classes, along with other office duties.
He feels blessed being able to encourage people who are being treated for illnesses. The appreciation that is bestowed upon him from patients, their families, doctors, nurses and other volunteers lets him know that he is in the right place at the right time doing God’s work.
Robbie’s mother, Gloria Hudson, is such a compassionate and caring person herself that you can tell he has come out of a family of love and devotion. So often, people who are truly loved themselves pass it on, and Robbie is a good example of that!
The late columnist Erma Bombeck said, “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”