The holidays this year have been good to me. Despite the illness that ran through my family like a mack truck, I have yet to experience the holiday stress. Is my to-do list out of the world? YES. Have I gotten all of my “required” gifts? NOPE. Yet still this holiday season has been good to me so far and not as crazy as past holidays.
Last weekend Peapod (a grocery delivery service) invited my family and I to help pack bags for the less fortunate to be given during the holiday season. Since we take the kids out every weekend, this one was a no brainer. Plus I had been looking for an excuse to bring the boys to a pantry since I spent so many years (6 years!)as a weekly team leader with New York Cares volunteering in a Pantry. So this event was close to my heart.
When we arrived
late the volunteers were already packing bags. There was a big Pepod truck outside that delivered Ham, rice, canned vegetables & fruit, parmalat and more. Like most food pantries each item was set up individually so that each volunteer can bag at their own pace. We jumped right in. The 5 year old was my partner and the 2 year old was with Daddy.
At first my partner was throwing everything in the bag willy nilly, but he settled down when I showed him the proper way to do it. It didn’t help that he was hopelessly distracted by the plate of cookies near the door, and even though he wanted ALL the cookies, he stayed focused enough to help me complete a few bags.
All of the volunteers were incredibly fast and efficient! One lady was even doing two bags at a time! Before you knew it the bags were done, the awesome part? Peapod is donating a bag for every bag made so there will be a total of 800 bags for families in need this holiday season! So great!
The boys were great helpers and I am so happy we got to experience this with them, especially around the holidays. In my experience food pantries can get a bit dangerous so bringing kids is definitely not recommended–but this kid friendly environment allowed me to share the spirit of giving with them even though they may not quite understand the significance of their actions.
They even got in the group photo. 🙂
Thanks Peapod, Pastor Pedro and the Recovery House of Worship for welcoming us and being so incredible.