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At our house we chose to focus our energy on our local food bank which really does so much more than just provides food. After school one day this week we packed up the Halloween candy and some staples and went in person to drop it off.
Why in person? Did the food bank need Halloween candy?
Going in person is really important. The food bank isn’t the box outside Safeway or the basket at church it’s a place where real people like the ones we greeted and chatted with get help and kindness. I wanted my children to have a reference point, an experience and hopefully a deeper connection. The Halloween candy wasn’t so much for the me, women and families as it was a lesson in giving away something you care about. My son isn’t sacrificing anything when he drops a can of soup into the bag but choosing which candies to part with on Halloween night was a sacrifice and that was the lesson there. After dropping off the food we asked one of the volunteers what they need most and got a list I had my son read back to me.
Teaching kids about needing and giving doesn’t happen all in one dramatic shot, it takes time. We are up for the challenge and excited for #blog4cause.
Kristen over at Busy Kids = Happy Mom ( a completely awesome blog if you haven’t been you must go check it out) liked up a wonderful post about Operation Christmas Child and how she and her kids are making a big difference . I love that she shares how to participate in this wonderful cause for very little out of pocket . Giving isn’t about cutting huge checks , you don’t need to be rich to make a difference . Read her inspiring post about Operations Christmas Child , it might just be the perfect cause for your family!
Don’t forget if you are participating make sure you enter your work in our tally , we want to show everyone how amazing kids can be at the end of the campaign, No action is too small, no donation insignificant!
If you have blogged about your experiences don’t forget to link up below . I will feature one great post every week to inspire and educate.