Sunday, December 18, 2011

Back Packs For Lunch

While I was on sick leave, I watched an episode of Anderson Cooper.  One of his guests talked about how she had started a lunch backpack program at a school in New York.  I remembered hearing about such a program before.

Well, you know how I am about listening to the Universe.  She sent me a message the very next day.  I received an email from the boy's school telling us there would be a basketball game soon.  The team was supporting a local program and asked that everyone that attended the game, both home and visitors teams, bring a jar of peanut butter.  They would be donated to a program that the elementary school custodian and his wife had started called CAREousel.  Yep, you guessed it...a Back Packs for Lunch Program.

I sent an email to the basketball coach asking for more information.  He forwarded it to Mr. K, the custodian, who called me that same night.  He explained that he had noticed that one child in particular was saving some of his lunch to take home on Fridays. After talking to the boy to find out that he was saving food for lunch on Saturday, Mr. K.  talked it over with his wife and they agreed to send a bag of food and snacks home with the boy on Fridays.  The project kind of took off from there.  Mr. K. told me that there were at least 150 students that would benefit from the program in just the elementary school.  So far, they have only been able to commit to 50 bags a week.  I asked him how much it would cost to fund one bag.  

Since we are on a pretty tight budget right now, I thought about what I could sacrifice to sponsor a couple of bags each week, and made the commitment to do so.

I'm not telling you this story to get a pat on the back.  I'm just telling you, because you may be looking for a way to make a difference.  You may want to be sure that difference is made in your own community.  If you have been thinking along these lines...take the leap.  Someone is waiting to hear from you.

Merry Christmas.