What I Recently Learned From a 4 and 8 Year Old

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster

2 young children, in my neighborhood (a 4 and 8 year old with the help of their father) were participating in community service by collecting nonperishable food for the Capitol Area Food Bank.  I thought, what a great idea, collecting food...The 4 and 8 year old explained that after the holidays, food donations go down.  More people and families have been relying on the local food banks for daily food for their tables.  As a result, th shelves of local food banks have been running very low.

Quickly, I put together a shopping bag of nonperishable items to donate.  It took literally 5 minutes of my time.  I thought, this is so easy to do and I am helping some one or family from going hungry.  Then I thought, if more people spent 5 minutes donating nonperisable items (even 1 or 2 items), the shelves of local food banks would have more food to donate.

Since the children stopped at my door, I decided to find out more about families and hunger.  I did not know that approximately 633,000 residents of the metro DC area are at risk for hunger.  I also learned that 47% of households receiving emergency food aid include at least one adult family member who works.

ActiveRain members, would you be willing to spend 5 minutes to go through your antry shelves to donate an item so someone less fortunate will not be hungry?  Just think if this was done on a weekly or even monthly basis.  Now that I have been educated by a 4 and 8 year old, I plan to donate to the local food banks on a regular basis.

Comments (3)

Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Michelle - great idea and something we can actively do for others.  Is it "buy one, get one free" at the grocery store?  Guess where the "free" one can go?  This is one additional way we can reach out to others.

Jan 21, 2009 09:17 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Michelle, those are some smart kids you ran across that inspired YOU to help us be better. Food pantries are ALWAYS a great cause. Wonderful post!

Jan 21, 2009 11:33 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

We can all spare a few things to help those in need-- in this economy we all need to do it more often.

Jan 21, 2009 03:37 PM