The following is our first guest post from Kale at SteakandKale.com. Read more about her at the end of this week’s post. Thank you for your contribution, Kale!
Little Arms Full of Food for the Children's Crisis Center
My children and I have a heart for community service. We have a continual “list” of what we want to do running through our minds. Who can we help? How can we help? This list frequently comes up in conversations when we are together...mainly in the van and at the dinner table. We discuss how we can help brighten someone’s day, and begin with some loose plans. It’s fun to share our ideas as a family.
Over the last couple years, the three of us have each left a piece of our heart at our local not-for-profit children’s crisis center. This is a safe place for parents to leave their child while experiencing a crisis. The center provides free temporary emergency care from birth to eighteen years old. This center provides a welcoming and safe environment for the children who are experiencing the family crisis.
The center is in constant need of clothing, supplies, and food items. They have conveniently made a list of items they need and items they have already received in bulk from donors on their website. It had been a few months since our last donation, and we were ready to make the drive again.
My kids and I checked the website to see what their needs were before we went shopping. This time, we decided to take food. We picked five main items the center needed, and food items my kids would have the most fun picking out for other children and the workers. We decided on spaghetti, pasta sauce, cereal, cereal bars, and toaster treats.
As you can see, my son had a fun time stacking up all of the cereal boxes!
I prefer to call before we make a donation, just to make sure it is an okay day to drop off. The employees at the center are always amazingly kind! The gentleman on the phone offered a tour after we dropped off our goods. I did decline this time because my kids and I have had a personal tour in the past. We still reflect on the tour; my kids enjoy telling me about their favorite room in the center. It is such a fun and welcoming place, my kids have asked if they could stay there and play!
We parked in the normal parking space and walked to the back of the building where the donation door is located. The center is very secure, so we had to buzz in for the director to greet us in the back. She lovingly said I could back my vehicle up this time instead of walking so far. (I was very thankful...the glass jars of pasta sauce were making me nervous!!)
Both of my kids eagerly unloaded the food and stacked it back up in the center. I knew it made them feel good to help with such an important job!
My son also drew a picture of a lion and gave it to the director. He wanted the kids in the center to see it. He is an amazing artist and it was a gift from his heart. She promised to put it up so all of the children could enjoy it.
After we unloaded our goodies, the director was able to fill me in on some new plans and changes at the center. It is so exciting to be able to hear about a program doing such wonderful things for children and families in need.
As we pulled out of the parking lot, we began to discuss what we were going to do for our next visit. We can’t wait to return with our arms full of love and supplies!
About the Author
Kale is a blogger, mother, wife, teacher, friend, and child of the one true King. She also has a soft spot for teaching children about community service. Kale married her exact opposite, Steak. They are living the dream in the Midwest with their two wonderful children. The family is constantly entertained by their hilarious mutt. Steakandkale.com is where you can find her writing, guiding, organizing, budgeting, eating plants, and cleaning up after the mutt.