A Visit of Charity

In ‘A Visit of Charity,’ a young girl goes to visit the sick and elderly in a hospital and learns a valuable lesson about giving.

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It was a cold, cloudy day in early spring. I was on my way to visit one of the local nursing homes. As I entered the home, I was enveloped in the smell of bleach and other cleaning chemicals. The fluorescent lights made everything seem cold and sterile. I was there to visit Mrs. Smith, an elderly woman who lived in the home.

Mrs. Smith was sitting in a chair by the window when I entered her room. She was a small woman with thin, white hair. She was wearing a faded housedress and a pair of old slippers. Mrs. Smith appeared to be very frail and fragile.

I sat down in the chair next to her and we began to talk. We talked about her life, her family, and her experiences in the nursing home. Mrs. Smith told me about how she had come to be in the home and how she felt about living there. She told me that she was lonely and that she missed her family and friends.

As we spoke, I could see the tears welling up in Mrs. Smith’s eyes. They rolled down her cheeks and fell onto her dress. I reached over and took her hand in mine and we sat there quietly for a moment. In that moment, I felt a deep sense of compassion for this elderly woman who was so alone in the world.

Etta and Mrs. Saunders

Etta and Mrs. Saunders was a short story written by Marian Engle. The story is about a young girl named Etta who goes to visit an elderly woman named Mrs. Saunders with her church group. Etta is not very excited about the visit, but she goes anyway. When she gets there, she finds that Mrs. Saunders is a very nice woman and they end up having a good conversation.

The Institution

The Institution was a women’s prison located in the city. It was a large, red-brick building with high walls and a small courtyard in the center. The Institution housed both sentenced prisoners and women who were awaiting trial. The women were divided into two groups: those who were considered dangerous and those who were not. The dangerous women were kept in cells on the ground floor, while the others were housed on the upper floors. There was a small hospital on the premises, and a chapel where the inmates could attend religious services.

The Patients

The patients in the Home were all old women. They lay in their beds, some with their mouths open, some with their eyes closed, some gazing at the ceiling. Some of the beds were empty, and there was a smell of disinfectant in the air.


Charity visits are an important part of life. They offer us an opportunity to connect with people and learn about their lives. They also provide us with a chance to show our support for causes we care about.

When visiting a charity, it is important to remember that we are there to help. We should be respectful of the staff and volunteers, and try to follow their lead. We should also be aware of our own limitations, and not try to do more than we can handle.

Charity visits can be a rewarding experience, both for the people we visit and for ourselves. By taking the time to connect with others, we can make a difference in their lives – and in our own.

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