I really like charities that provide opportunities for all people to get involved, no matter what their niche. One such charity is Blessings in a Backpack which fills the nutritional void on the weekends for children who are on reduced or free lunches by sending the children home on Friday with a backpack filled with easy to prepare non-perishable food. How can you get involved?
If you are an organizational whiz, you can get things started by adopting a school in your area. Then there are fundraising goals to be met in order to feed the children your program will be supporting and a partnership with a local grocer needs to be established. Volunteers need to be gathered up as well.
If you prefer to be a hands-on, in the trenches person, you can volunteer to transport food from the grocery store to the school. You can also volunteer to pack the backpacks.
If you are one who prefers to be on the sidelines and fund charities, you can write a check. The cost for the program is approximately $80 per child per school year.
Although, Blessings in a Backpack provides the backpacks used in your program, there is always a need for more backpacks. This provides a great opportunity for a smaller community that wants to help, but does not have the capability to support a school on its own.
So, whatever your preference is when you work with a charity, you can most likely find a way to help with Blessings in a Backpack. For more information, please visit their website at blessingsinabackpack.org.