Experience 23 of 52: Delivering Donations and Touring Facilities

Delivering the Hygiene Kits

For our 23rd experience we delivered the food collected and the Hygiene kits the gals and their friends had packed during their birthday parties.

Compressing the blankets – the pile was as tall as the door to the machine!

The food was delivered to the local Salvation Army Service Center.  We dropped off the food and were given a quick tour of the food pantry and the kitchen area where food bags are packed to be distributed to those in need.  Volunteers pack the donated non-perishable food into grocery bags where they will later be supplemented with frozen meats.  These bags are given to local families who come to the service center requesting assistance.

Following our drop off of the food donations at the service center, we made our way to the Church of the Brethren: Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md to deliver the Hygiene kits.  After unloading our kits, we were given a tour of the warehouse where we learned:

A little blurry, but this picture shows 210-280 blankets on a single pallet ready for shipment

Basic Utility Vehicles (BUVs) ready to send to the Congo

This was an enlightening experience where the girls heard about how their donated items make their way from their home into the homes of others around the world.  Loretta gave us a fantastic tour, patiently answering the girls’ questions about where the donations come from and where and how they are transferred to their destinations.  We hadn’t requested a tour in advance which made us appreciate Loretta’s patient and comprehensive tour all the more.

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Experience 22 of 52: The Giving Klub Birthday Parties

Giving Klub Contributors

The Giving Klub is an informal club created by Grace and Kate to help provide opportunities for other kids to give to others.  Past projects have included packing Hygiene kits (as discussed below), packing lunch bags for the homeless, assisting with the setup of the Holiday Shop sponsored by Neighbors in Need, creating Christmas cards to send to soldiers stationed overseas, having a lemonade stand and donating the money to charity and sponsoring a family with both food and gifts for the Christmas Holiday.

More Giving Klub Contributors

For their birthday parties this year, each girl chose to spend half of their party time continuing the Giving Klub by inviting their friends to pack Hygiene kits for those in need in response to the damage incurred on the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Isaac.  In addition, the girls decided to assist local families by asking each friend to bring a canned food item to be donated to a local food bank.

Packing kits in groups of 2

Although not affiliated with a church, we took our cue from the Church World Service organization that facilitates delivering the kits to those in need.  As stated on its website, “In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, Hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.”

In teams of 2, Kate and 22 of her friends packed 100 Hygiene kits containing a hand towel, a wash cloth, a comb, a nail clipper, a bar of soap, a toothbrush and 6 Band-Aids.  Each team had a bagger and a selector and sequenced through each station to collect contents for each kit.  Parent helpers verified the kit contents and the packing continued until all kits were packed.

The gals with the donated food

Grace and 24 of her friends followed Kate’s party repeating the process until another 115 kits were packed and ready to donate.

In addition to the 215 total kits packed, friends of both girls contributed a total of 53 canned goods and 23 dry goods to contribute to the Salvation Army Service Center pantry.  We couldn’t ask for a better group of friends for each girl and the willingness of each friend to enthusiastically pack the kits to help those whose situations may be less fortunate than their own was truly a sight to see.

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