Volunteer Families Helped Pack Almost 15,000 Meals in One Day!
Even after a few inches of snowfall, 450 volunteers headed to Second Harvest Heartland and joined together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help our hungry neighbors. Bring Your Child to Serve Day is an annual Second Harvest Heartland event where hundreds of volunteers sort and pack foods to be distributed to some of our nearly 1,000 food shelf, food pantry and other meal program partners.
Together, these awesome volunteers packed 14,868 meals!
Tammy and her 16-year-old son Zach went to the first Bring Your Child to Serve Day shift at 9 A.M. Their task was assembling boxes for other volunteers to fill with rice. Tammy said they weren’t very good at it at first (the tape kept getting tangled), but they soon mastered it. At the end of the shift, Tammy and Zach realized they didn’t want to leave, so they kept working until 2 P.M., when the second shift of the day ended!
“As a mom, I want to show them to give back,” Tammy said. “People need help. At some point everyone needs help, so you have to give to others when you can.”
We heard many powerful words like Tammy’s yesterday. Here are just a few more:
“Service and helping others should always be incorporated in life. Hunger is definitely a problem.” –Pam
“Societal change starts with individuals. Sitting around and watching from the sidelines is not the way to make an impact. Volunteering is a way to engage and make change happen.” –a volunteer
“It’s nice to do for people who are hungry, so they can survive!” –Sydney, 10
Thank you so much to Bremer Bank for sponsoring this event, and to everyone who gave back to their communities on such an important day. Want to join these individuals in giving back? Sign up for a volunteer shift with us today!