So my 7th grader had a project where they had to do some sort of community service project.
Low and behold my procrastinator of a son waited till the last minute to tell us he needed to do this project. So of course my husband and I had to reach out to friends and co-workers for help.
Thank goodness we have a big network!
My husbands bosses wife works at The Brighton Center Family Center in Newport. She was able to work my son and his partner in for some community service time! Big thanks to her!!
So I rearranged my schedule so that I could take them down there.
They had an event where families could come and drop their children off while they go shopping across the street at their other building. No kids showed up. So the boys wound up re-stocking the pantry where volunteers and workers filled up bags for each family so that they could have a meal.
This event happens quite often during the holiday season. Families can come and get the bags of food at different times during the week and they even had it set up for a few hours on Saturday morning too!
It was a humbling experience even for me. Of course I helped also. I can’t stand to just sit there when I could be helping. It’s just not in my nature.
We had a cart that we would take to another level in the building and fill it up with cans of green beans, corn, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. Then we would take it to the main floor and replenish the shelves for the next day.
It took about 4 trips with the amount of bags that they was handing out to families who needed help.
I made the boys fill the cart up as much as possible each trip we took. That is what they get for waiting till the last minute lol.
Once the shelves where filled the boys helped fill the bags for families for the next morning.
They had bags for small families and bags for large families.
The large bags consisted of 6 apples, 3 oranges, 2 hams or 2 turkeys , 3 cans of green beans, 3 cans of corn, 2 bags of instant mashed potatoes, 2 boxes of corn bread, gravy, and 2 boxes of stuffing.
The smaller bags consisted of 4 apples, 2 oranges, a ham or turkey, 2 cans of green beans, 2 cans of corn, 1 bag of instant mashed potatoes, 2 boxes of cornbread, gravy, and 1 box of stuffing.
I had to take several photos for their project. They had to write a one page report about it along with poster board with photos and descriptions under each photo.
At the end of the event there was 2 gentlemen who had come in to see if they could get any help. They was out on the streets with no where to go. So one of the lovely ladies that we worked with that evening filling the bags gave them some food that they could take with them and fix later on.
Like peanut butter, jelly, and bread, that way they could fix. more than one meal and not be hungry.
They then scheduled an appointment for the next morning to come in and speak with someone who could help them get back on their feet and not be out on the streets anymore.
The boys were amazed that they had witnessed this situation. On our way home that evening we passed the 2 gentlemen walking on the sidewalk. Needless to say we had a discussion about why people become homeless and what The Brighton Center Family Center does to help them out.