SHARE GIFT America was founded by
Annabelle Seungah Choi and Madeline Myungsuh Choi
With their beloved friend, Michael Larson
Committed to the Cause
She is a big fan of Harry Potter and in her free time, she likes to ski, play volleyball, and read scientific journals. Most of all, she likes to SOCIALIZE. She loves to draw and owns a Bella Art Studio. Seungah is a member of American Dental Student Association(ADSA) and a member of American Heart Association.
In her free time, Madeline enjoys creating digital art for her Etsy shop and playing the ukulele. She hopes her creations bring others joy and plans to donate all her earnings from her shop to Share Gift.
"Volunteering, plain and simple, is good for the heart and the soul."
When we first moved to the Bay Area, my sister and I were looking for a way to continue giving back to the community through Share Gift. Through a series of coincidences, we ended up meeting Katelyn at Cupertino Healthcare and Wellness Center. We became volunteers at the Center the very next week. That was more than two years ago.
It was a bit awkward at first. We had a huge learning curve to overcome as we became familiar with new residents, their diseases and how best to help them. We soon learned a very important fact: these residents were people — just like us. Over time, we came to the realization that giving yourself doesn’t require big grandiose gestures, but more often than not, the smallest acts meant the most to people. Sitting and talking, holding a hand, asking about one’s day, opening mail, organizing files, or even just straightening up an area of the room was a huge help to the residents. As minimal as these efforts seemed to us, we soon realized these small gestures had the biggest impact. Residents with Center have the same cognitive abilities as you and me, but their muscles stop working, so their ability to move, eat, and sometimes even breathe is compromised. That’s where volunteers can really make a difference. It’s not that these individuals don’t want to pick up that piece of mail that has fallen on the floor; they simply can’t. These small acts mean the world to a resident.
After weeks of volunteering, our visits to the Center began to feel more like going “home.” In fact, we looked forward to seeing the residents — we laughed, enjoyed each other’s company, watched movies, and participated in activities such as decorating gingerbread houses. We even read the paper together. In all of our time spent with the Cupertino Healthcare and Wellness residents, there was not one single time that my peers at Share Gift and I did not feel like a million bucks. No matter how tired or cranky we may have been when we first arrived, we left each day with a full heart. Volunteering, plain and simple, is good for the heart and the soul.
I look at the volunteers who have been with the Center since I started working here, and I marvel at their commitment to our residents. When I ask them why they do it, they usually just smile and say it’s a nice thing to do for people who need kindness the most. They enjoy the environment and love being a part of something bigger than themselves. If only more people in the world understood the power of volunteering, the world would be a much nicer place. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about our Volunteer Program at the Cupertino Healthcare and Wellness Program, please contact Seung Ah Annabelle and Myung Suh Madeline at
April 9, 2017
Seungah Annabelle Choi
Myungsuh Madeline Choi
MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS 2020
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY,
Computer Science Major
Director of Events
Member 2018-2020, 3 years
In charge of overseeing mental rejuvenation programs and events for senior citizens
Nayana loves to play badminton and read. Her favorite series is Harry Potter. She also loves to watch movies, especially Bollywood ones. She also loves food and enjoys trying new varieties of foods. In her free time, Nayana also likes to draw and code and in the future, she wishes to be in the software industry.
THE HARKER SCHOOL, CLASS 2022
Director of Finance
Member Since 2018
Yejin currently serves as her class vice president as of 2018. She loves to play piano, especially Chopin’s music. She is an avid baseball fan and enjoys watching Giants games in San Francisco in her free time. Yejin loves meeting new people and learning more about their lives.
FREMONT HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS 2023
Director of Education
Member since 2018
Katherine joined Share Gift in 2018 with the vision and drive to improve upon our Volunteer Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.
SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS 2023
Director of Social Media Marketing
Member since April 2020
Jacquelyn enjoys playing soccer and volleyball with friends and making digital art in her free time (@ryudles.doodles). She enjoys the fields of math and science and finds joy in helping others by teaching them.
MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS 2022
Director of IT Mentor
Arshiya loves to dance and loves to read, mostly science fiction or dystopian fiction. She enjoys volunteering at Share Gift, to meet new people from all around the world to learn about their unique experiences. She is in Monta Vista Dance Team and wishes to work as an engineer in her future.
MONTA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS 2023
Director of Sports Events
Member Since April 2019
Taehoon likes playing the piano and basketball. He wishes to work in the Economics-related field and loves to mingle with people. Taehoon went to Naejung Middle School in Bundang, Korea.