CAPITAL GAZETTE | THIRD TIME'S A CHARM
Working in Russian orphanages was the hardest and most rewarding part of volunteering in Russia. "I cried every time I left," she said. After a while, she began to realize that the orphans were content with what they had, never knowing a life with consistent affections. Sometimes, she would pick the orphans up to show them how much she cared. She taught them how to tie their shoes, read books, play games and make crafts. It deepened her appreciation for the life that she lived in the states, said Shriver. And it made her yearn to continue to volunteer abroad. "I felt like I didn't want to come home (from Russia)," she said.