July 7 - Grand Island
Today we were treated to an amazing breakfast of pancakes, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and sausage! It was a great way to start our day off.
After breakfast we started our marathon Kids on the Block tour! It was crazy, we were on top of our game and were early to everything. After doing a few hours of KOB we headed to the park for lunch.
We then had lunch in a park that has a lot of history with our Philanthropy. The ladies who originally hosted the Journey of Hope before the ARK took over 5 years ago were there to share some of the stories.
The park was a Build America project, so there were some Push America branding throughout. For those who don't know The Ability Experience used to be called Push America.
There was also a tree that had been planted for Jason Tirado. Jason was a cyclist who had made a big impact on the people in Grand Island. He was planning on returning the following year, but passed away shortly before the trip.
There was also a tree planted for Angel Nance, who was the adopted daughter of one of the ladies. She had enjoyed the Journey of Hope coming through town for most of here life. She touched many on the JOH teams throughout the years. She died suddenly last year before the 2014 team was able to come through. The 2007 north team planted the tree in her honor. Her story was especially sad, and it was hard not to tear up listening to her mom tell her story. The Journey of Hope made a huge impact on her life.
After the park we headed to some centers that support the employment of people with disabilities. They were really cool, and we saw a lot of people from yesterday's dance.
Finally we had dinner at another park. We performed another puppet show, and were fed like kings. We got to see all the friends we have made in Grand Island one last time befor we head to Lincoln tomorrow. It was hard saying goodbye. Everyone was already looking forward to the North Team's visit next year.