Every holiday season, my children select a local charity to donate a portion of their Christmas gift money; my husband and I match their donations. Usually varying the charity year to year, our family is overwhelmed with compassion for those we reach out to, as well as enriched by the opportunity to give in a meaningful way. Our bond as a family is strengthened. We appreciate our good fortune on a new level. We pledge to do more.
Of course, as the Christmas decorations are cleared away and our hectic schedule resumes, somehow, our commitment to continue reaching out to those in need is shuffled to the back burner. All too soon, another holiday season is approaching and we find ourselves reproachful about the giving we did not do throughout the year; our actualized efforts far too few.
Busy schedules and good intentions aside, the needs continue.
Our pledge: May this be the year we give more; more of our time, ourselves, our hearts.
In this spirit, my family is honored to be a part of a Simple Service Program - the Abbott Champions For Kids effort to combat childhood hunger and offering healthy choices for struggling families.
More than 16 million children under the age of eighteen in the United States are food insecure - unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that more than three million children under the age of five are food insecure. ~ Champions for KidsMaking a difference to children in need is simple. As my family grocery shops this week, we will be selecting healthy foods and snacks to share with a local organization. As a family, we have chosen to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, an organization that has been supporting area homeless and low income families with food, clothing and shelter since 1911, functioning solely upon donations and support from local churches, organizations and individuals.
As this will be my family's first time supporting the City Rescue Mission, we spent some time exploring their website, learning about the ways they support the needy in our community and taking note of the items on their Wish List for donations.
Food Baskets are currently not being distributed due to insufficient donations.
In an upcoming post, I will share our shopping trip and the Abbott Nutrition Snack Pack Giving Basket we will create to share. I invite you, not only to the upcoming piece, but to explore the Champions for Kids Simple Service projects, to find a project that is meaningful to you, your family and your community and to become involved to make a difference.
Please join my family in our efforts to keep the giving going strong all throughout the year.
How do you or your family give back in your community?
What causes inspire your giving spirit?
Tell me in a comment, I'd love to hear about it!
I am proud to be working as one of the millions of Champions for Kids. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. The experiences and opinions above are both honest and my own. Statistics and image sourced from Champions for Kids. #CBias #AbbottCFK