Due to the fact we lived on the church property, I was often there when people called or stopped by during off hours looking for help. I stood with many mothers, and heard pieces of their stories as I packed boxes of food. I saw the relief on their faces when they knew there would be food in their houses that week. I saw their kids smile when snack food was slid in the box next to big containers of old fashioned oatmeal.
I felt that relief and gratefulness in my own heart when a friend brought boxes of food to my family, because she knew we were having a hard time. And I've eaten meals that were possible because of the blessing of a food pantry.
Poverty and hunger are real things. They are happening in our country, and in our local communities. But we have the power to help. And our help is sorely needed. In my local community, I know there are food pantries and donation centers that have struggled to keep up the balance of food donations and food needs.
This is where Champions For Kids comes in with their SIMPLE Giving program. August 1-18th, there will be purple donation boxes set up in Wal-Marts across the country to collect nutritious food for the children in your community. In fact, the food that is collected will be given to children in the school district where the Wal-Mart is located.
I love the core values that drive Champions For Kids programs.
They believe all children should have:
Someone who cares
A place to belong
Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey.
That is a list I am proud to support. And principles I want to teach my daughter. She helped us find food that would be great for donating the last time we were at Wal-Mart. Take your kids to the store with you. Let them pick out the food to donate, and use that trip as a conversation starter. You might be surprised at the great ideas your kids can come up with to help families in need.
For a list of participating Wal-Marts, visit the SIMPLE Giving website, and while you are there, check out some of their other programs and projects. You will find some great ideas for getting your kids involved in serving your community on the SIMPLE Service page.
*I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions and stories are my own.