This year I am thrilled to be working with The Stow Company on an amazing project called The Organized Give. Designed to make lives better one organized solution at a time, the project has taken flight with overwhelming success and this post shares just one of the many amazing facets of all The Stow Company is doing to have an impact in their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I’m here with Bridget Clark Whitney, the Executive Director of Kids Food Basket and we are with The Stow Company enjoying some of the truly tender parts of the story behind The Organized Give and how Kids Food Basket makes it possible for everyone to engage. You’ll see that we are standing here in front of a bunch of bags and I’d love to Bridgette to share with us what happens around the bag process.
Bridget: Kids Food Basket has been around for about 10 years. We started decorating bags about 9 years ago when we had a group of retired nuns that came in one day and said “Hey you are doing bags every day ~ why not decorate them?” Well that just blew up! We found that kids LOVE them because its more than just a decorated bag, its a precious gift. The teachers tell us that when these bags get delivered to school and are full of a nutritious meal the kids will literally investigate to see if the bag has been decorated.
We are serving almost 5000 kids every single weekday throughout the school year and the summer. That’s a huge volume! So we really only have enough bags to do this once a month, maybe if we are really lucky we can do it twice a month.
So its really just as simple as a box of markers and some #8 bags in white or brown paper. If you are wondering about how you can help Kids Food Basket from home, no matter where you live, you don’t have to be here in Michigan because they accept and love decorated bags from anywhere and everywhere. Because this is Spring and we are talking about ways to encourage people to volunteer from 5-95, consider making it a Service Project Spring Break and send your finished works of art (please NO glitter) to The Stow Company by Friday April 6th. They will be sharing their favorites via their Facebook page before all the donations are delivered to Kid’s Food Basket. Its all about Kids Helping Kids ~ simply have your kids invite friends over, provide the supplies, make a day of it, and you can make a bundle of bags for Kids Food Basket.
The Stow Company
c/o The Organized Give
3311 Windquest Drive
Holland, MI 49424
You may be shocked to find in your own hometown with a little be of research there might be an organization that would benefit from the same. There will be more coming soon from the Kids Food Basket about a National Network to give you ore information, but in the mean time its as simple as some markers, some bags, and a whole lot of love.
Bridget: Absolutely! You can check out our website to learn more about bag decorating, where to send them and more. Visit KidsFoodBasket.Org.
Thank you for stopping by and while you are here…tell me….do you volunteer with your children over Spring Break?
Disclosure: So much thanks to the amazing team at The Stow Company for engaging me to collaborate on this project. I was compensated for this post and all related video activity. My opinions are my own. Want an easy way to join us in the fight against childhood hunger! Grab a Widget: Place this on your website. Between now and April, 9, 2012, for every “LIKE” The Stow Company Facebook page receives, they will donate $1 to Kids’ Food Basket up to $3,000 total. These funds will be used to purchase nutritious food, packaging supplies and more.