“How many pounds of food do you think we collected?” I asked Finley. “A million hundred” was her 3-year-old answer.
The actual number was 742.5 pounds.
We volunteered to help local letter carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” during their annual food drive. It was a great way to do good, get outside, and get a workout (my body is still sore).
As we drove to the main post office Saturday morning, we talked about why we were helping collect food and the issue of chronic hunger in the community. The welcoming crew of coordinators dispatched us to Gary and Morgan Park as both neighborhoods are wagon-friendly (read: flat).
We walked up and down each block. Our hearts – and our shoulder muscles – were overwhelmed by the generosity of Duluthians.
It was like a treasure hunt looking from doorstep to doorstep for the next bag or box of donated food, and exciting when residents came out to greet us. One even called after us, “It’s good to see the boy out helping.”
Our hope is our kids grow up to understand that giving, in its many forms, is an integral part of being a community member.
At 7 years old, Daley might already have insight into this lesson. As we walked down the sidewalk, he took extra time to deliver haphazardly-tossed newspapers to front steps, making it easier for people to retrieve them.
Once we returned to the main post office, unloaded and weighed the 742.5 pounds of food we collected, we were offered free hot dogs and potato salad.
An unexpected bonus for our hot dog-loving kids.
Gotta love kid-karma.
This is an annual event in May. Watch for a postcard announcement from the National Association of Letter Carriers, check out the national Stamp Out Hunger Facebook page, or contact our local CHUM Food Shelf). It’s a great way to give back.
Does your family volunteer? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!