Last week we took a little field trip to the local Food Bank. I think the girls enjoyed learning and they definitely loved helping to sort some of the donations. We had collected donations recently during our Santa Claus Parade, so we brought those items and several of the parents also sent their daughter with money or food.
The biggest takeaways from the night – I hope – are to always check the expiry date before you donate something, and the realization that there are families right here at home who don’t have enough to eat. I firmly believe that charity starts at home.
We have been doing a lot of these little excursions lately. Part of the reason is to show the girls how many resources are in our small town. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or travel a long ways to help someone, or to have some fun.
The idea of community was really important to me and to the other leaders and we wanted to make sure that was our focus throughout the guiding year. Thankfully it is off to a great start, the girls are having fun, and parents have been very generous with their feedback 🙂