Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss
Saturday I realized ~ the countdown to the holiday season “begins” … 3 months until Christmas. My heart did skip a beat because yes, I do love the season. It’s a season full of traditions. It’s also probably one of the most giving seasons as well. Much broader than the gifts we exchange with family and friends. It’s the giving to many of the unknown through the charitable organizations, Salvation Army bell ringers, coat drives, toy drives ~ and the very important, food drives.
Since my oldest daughter turned 5, we have participated in Green Island’s food drive every single year, regardless of rain or snow (and we’ve had both). Though it may seem like an enormous task, it really is quite simple.
- Select a date
- Get the word out – distribute flyers in your neighborhood, community, school, workplace. Let them know if there are drop boxes or if you will go around and collect, as well as the receiving organization (homeless shelter, food pantry, etc.).
- Collect your donations – even in tough times, our community never ceases to amaze me with their generosity. Maybe it’s knowing that a few canned items, and a few boxed foods can help feed a family in our community helping them through the tough times. If it is boxes in your school or workplace, that’s easy to do as well. Create several drop boxes (the more visibility and boxes, the more people will remember to drop some donations in).
- Organize – deliver everything to the food pantry/homeless shelter, unpack and sort the donations.
Doesn’t that sound easy? Now that the game plan is set, let me take this to the next level.
Here’s my request to my friends. Organize or participate in a food drive or food collection in your school, workplace, on your street or in your community. Better yet, have your children help you. There’s no better time to than the present ~ to give a little time and donations, which will help a lot. You’d be amazed at how much fun your kids can have participating in something like this … and get them started when they are young to help those who are in need.
Social media can be very inspiring and helpful ~ when used the right way. I’d like to track my friends and my friends’ who are willing to do a food drive. I will list communities, neighborhoods, schools or businesses where you are organizing or participating in a food drive. Refer people to post on my Facebook Food Drive page. I’d like to use this information for a class I am taking this semester on Community and Social Informatics.