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.
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.