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July 07, 2010

Community Service With My Kids

I finished reading Same Kind of Different as Me this week  It was a great story (more on that in another post).  My greatest take away from the book was that I do not want my kids to grow up with the idea that serving the community means working at a homeless shelter in November and giving presents and canned goods to a needy family in December.

I want them to have a role in their community.  I want them to play a part in their community that will be missed when they go away to college.  I am not talking about the part they will play at our church.  That is a post in and of itself. I don't know how I will go about doing this, or what it will look like, but it is a dream vision I have for my children.

My kids are small, so I start small.  Friendship Trays (previously blogged about here and here).  The first time we delivered Friendship Trays Elijah was about 18 months old.  On and off for the past 3.5 years, my friend, Amy Corbett and I, have had several different routes.  When the kids started preschool, we decided a summer route would be easiest.  So for the past 2 summers, every other Tuesday we deliver food.

It only takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish.  We keep the kids involved by letting them help us bring the food to each home and they enjoy it.  I know it is not much when you consider the needs of our community, but it is something.

Pictures from last Tuesday...

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Hi Holly,

The comments were closed on your book giveway, but I want to withdraw from consideration - I just got an advance copy in the mail. I'm looking forward to reading it! (I love the backcover, "I intend to incite a riot in your mind.")

May he do just that nationwide!

Hal

You are teaching your kids valuable lessons. Truly you are bringing great joy to the ones you deliver to. I believe, healing takes place when those who are elderly or homebound see the precious faces of those beautiful kids. I know because I used to have a geriatric care business. Your visits, no matter how short, are better than medicine. I am thankful to have such a caring and compassionate Pastor's wife.

We started friendship trays too every Friday for the summer. The kids really enjoyed it! Amber obviously has a better grasp on what we are doing. I will be looking for fall ideas that will have to happen on the weekend. If you know of any, please share!

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