The Pontow Family Blog

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Feed My Starving Children

Something that is important to us is teaching our kids about giving back and paying it forward. Last year Meg (and Jack and Ally got to help too) had the chance with Brownies to work at St. Joseph's Food Pantry and it really sparked something in them. They asked when could we go back to help. When I contacted the Food Pantry about volunteering there they said it is very difficult to get on the list of volunteers because they have their "regulars". It was very disheartening to hear. Here were my 3 kids wanting to do this and they basically were being told "No we don't need you." So, I searched for something else that we could do. I had heard about Feed the Starving Children. But there are not a lot of options for that up in WI. So, I looked for it down in IL. 
I did not tell the kids too much about it other than we would be making meals for kids in other countries. I wanted them to experience it all when we got there. My parents went with us and we all had our jobs. The kids wanted to experience each of the different jobs, so they kind of bounced around for the 2 hours we spent volunteering.

They could not believe that there were kids in other countries that did not have meals or food to eat every day. It was a great expereince for them to do and see that not everyone is lucky like us to have a roof over our heads and blankets covering us every night.
 It really makes you remember what is important in life. It is not about the things you have, but about the people you surround yourself with and the way you live your life. And making sure you to pay it forward and give back to your community.

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