For the past 4 years, each Friday that I have attending our meeting I have also witnessed the line form outside of the food pantry run by the church.
It never failed to surprise me the amount of children that would be in that line. Some would be with their parents, while others would be sent while their mom or dad stayed in the car because they were either disabled or had younger children to keep track of.
When the kids would be in line their faces were solemn and sad. You could almost see the hunger emanating from them. But as soon as they made it to through the line and would get their small box of food, their demeanor would instantly change. Smiles would grace their faces and they became children again, completely filled with excitement.
Recently, the Sunday school at church challenged the kids to bring donations for the food pantry because they were running low. I told my 6 year old daughter about the Champions for Kids Simple service project called “Pack a Sack” and she instantly wanted to do it.
The first thing we did was decide to do it at her school. She goes to a small Christian grade school that very much has a sense of community. Once we got the okay from her principal I created a simple info card that went home with all the students.
The night before her big day, my daughter was super excited. She woke up early the next morning and we made it to school quite a bit earlier than normal. Eventually, cars started showing up for drop off and it was time to step up.
And donations started coming in!
After accepting donations at school we wanted to pick up a few more things to add to the pile. We headed to Walmart and picked up things like forumula, peanut butter, soup, and PediaSure.
Finally it was time to take our donations to the food pantry. Unfortunately, they are only open on Fridays, but we were able to drop off our donation at the church office. They loved hearing the story of her food drive.
Did we collect a ton of food during our service project? No.
But, the important thing was that we were able to do it and it was simple to coordinate and execute.
Not only that, but we inspired the school! Next week during their Spring program they are asking those attending to bring a donation of canned foods to be donated. That right there makes it even more worth it!
So check out the Champions for Kids website and learn how you can get involved by doing Simple Service projects around your community.
And if you are in Arkansas, don’t miss our on Champions For Kids Abbott Nutritional Razorfest on April 20th at Razorback Stadium. It’s a free event that features fun zones, games, music, mascots, giveaways, health zones, fitness activities, nutrition education and more. All in the name of the mission to provide resources and opportunities that benefit children.
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