Simple Service Project ~ #Spinbrush CFK #CBias Part 2

Last week, I shared about my kids and I participating in our first Simple Service Project -#Spinbrush Champions for Kids. We were very exited to “Spin into Action” by purchasing oral care products at Walmart and also collecting some from our friends and family! But the donation process to our local food pantry was the highlight of this process. I chose the food pantry because I wanted to keep our donations local. I know times are hard for a lot of people and I’m happy we can give back in some small way. You can see pictures from our shopping trip to purchase supplies at my Google + Album.

In all, we collected 5 packets of flossers, 12 packets of floss, 17 tubes of toothpaste, 10 single packs of toothbrushes, 4 double packs of toothbrushes, and one boy’s Spinbrush toothbrush.

My kids had a ball stacking the toothpastes and building towers and counting the goodies. They also enjoyed posing with everything we collected.

After we collected everything, we packed it up in bags and walked it down to our local food pantry {two short blocks from our house}. It turns out, the local food pantry was in desperate need of oral care products. They had several boxes of toothpaste, but nothing for kids. They also only had one little, lonely toothbrush. I was so happy to provide such important products for people who just need a little help right now.

We live in a small, rural area with a population only slightly over 2,000 total people. Our local food pantry serves two small towns (total population around 5,000 people) and is only open very limited hours – twice a month, in fact. According to the food pantry coordinator, about 60 people come in each time the pantry is open – about 10% of our total population {if I can remember simple math…and if it’s the same people coming in each time}. I bet more people would come in if they knew about it, too. In my couponing heyday, I donated a lot of products to the food pantry. Sometimes I ended up with things we wouldn’t eat because of how the deals worked. {If you’re a couponer, you probably know what I mean.} Since I have been couponing less, I don’t have as much to donate which made it even more important to participate in this program. My kids are lucky to have as much as they do and I like for them to learn about serving others. It’s am important lesson for them to learn!

I was also happy to learn through this process that our food pantry will happily accept surplus garden food – so if I have extras of anything when they are open, I will take them some fresh veggies. That’s another super easy way to give back and won’t cost me anything! If any of you are local and would like to donate to the food pantry, they are open the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9 – 11 am and 6 -7 pm.

It felt so nice to take these products to the food pantry! I challenge you to also get involved in a Simple Service Project and see how you can help people in need, as well. Something as simple as clearing the clutter out of your pantry can make a huge difference in the lives of others. To learn how you can get involved, visit any of the following links.

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Comments

  1. Awesome collection! I need to go donate my items today. Thanks for stopping by my site. I couldn't reply to your comment so I thought I would reply this way. I use PicMonkey almost daily too but I do like some of the controls on Pixlr better. As far as the light band across the pictures? I will do a post about that tomorrow! I was wondering which tutorial to do so thank you!
  2. I am sooo glad you were able to help with such a good cause! Oral products weren't even a thought in my mind for little ones. I'll be happy to let you know that this has been an inspiration for us to help our food pantry with oral needs this next month as well.
  3. Thanks for highlighting this on your site. Where I live (France) it's much the same situation but most of the people who use the service are immigrants. A few years ago we fell on hard times when my husband was made redundant just after Christmas and we had no income for 3 months due to processing of paperwork - we had to avail of our local food bank and I'm not lying when I say we couldn't have survived without those wonderful people. Fortunately we were able to get back on our feet and we do what we can to help there now - most of the same faces are still there even after such a long time - not everyone is as lucky as we are. It's important for our children to learn to share - you might not think you have very much but there is ALWAYS someone worse off than you. I hope your collection goes from strength to strength.
  4. I am so glad you highlighted your local food pantry! I hope this drives donations for them and helps others realize it is out there who may need the help. What a great donation!

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