Helping the Kids

Recently, we got to play at the most fun service project yet. We hosted a family-fun day to benefit families with pediatric cancer, and it was a blast. Jumping, crawling, mini-golfing, and petting reptiles, we spent the day raising money and awareness.

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Another wonderful benefit of the day was that we left the park with a large amount of leftover snack donations. Now, we have have food to help us serve others for June! I turned to our inspiring Facebook group to ask for suggestions on what they wanted to do for our June project.

As usual, the group came up with some great ideas. We talked about making blessing bags for the homeless, and we talked about selling the snacks for a good cause. While those are obviously great ideas, the group gravitated towards donating the food (along with other things) to kids in low-income housing. One of my friends pointed out that since kids are out for the summer, they are not receiving free lunches, and, thus, need for food and snacks is higher. Another friend led me to a great place called Support for the Kids that helps underprivileged in our area. I’m currently talking with one of their volunteers to figure out a plan on how to help her out. Her nonprofit is truly amazing. She started it 22 years ago, and, taking no salary, she runs her business out of her home and brings donations directly to kids who have been identified by teachers and social workers. Needless to say, I’m really excited to partner with her.

My two kids certainly munch through a massive amount of snack food, and before delving into this project, I took that fact for granted. This June, I’m excited to support the kids. If you have specific ideas for us or if you’d like to join us, please let me know! If you can’t join us, see the tips below.

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Want to do something like this with your family?

1. Recognize the need:  Approximately 21.5 million children receive free and reduced-price lunch each year. The parents of these kids may struggle to provide food and snacks during the summer when that isn’t available.

2. Research options: ask your social media community; search google, and find out a way to help. You can go through an organization, or you can contact a low-income housing community.

3. Organize a donation day: ask your friends, your family, or your service club to get together to make care packages of snacks. What a fun way to spend a day!

4. Donate: Bring your kids and talk to them about what a gift it is to have all the food we need.

5. (Optional): Share your experience: post pictures and ideas on our Facebook page, or share a “success story” with us on the blog. The more we talk about service, the more other people want to be a part of the fun.

 

I’m really excited to see how this project take shape. Let’s all work together to help parents everywhere to feel loved and supported. If you have any thoughts on this post, or if you have other ideas about how we can show love with our kids, please let us know. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a club of your own.  Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose.

Sincerely,

Kellie

 

 

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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