Second Annual National Day of Service Neighborhood Food Drive

As I am sure you are well aware, today is the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  Last year, on the tenth anniversary, we were a month into our year of service.  When I learned September 11 had been designated the National Day of Service, I knew we had to do something.  Our service project last year was such a success that we decided to do it again!

I am the “charity” officer for my mom’s club, so I made the National Day of Service into a project for our group.  We met at my house and went door to door in our neighborhood with wagons to collect canned goods for a local food pantry.  We didn’t get the turnout that I had hoped for, but the group we had was great!  We had four moms and four kids participating.  (Me and one other mom decided we’d leave our little ones home to play with my husband.  That was a very good decision.)    Here are the kids at the start…

We spent about an hour going door to door.  Last year, there were a small handful of people who were not interested in helping when we knocked on the door.  (That was hard to explain to the kids.)  I am happy to report that this year every single house (where someone was home) happily donated!  Here are a few shots from our event…

I really, really love this project.  The kids have such a great time with it, and it’s so fun to get the neighbors involved.  After about an hour on the street, we had a big wagon full of food to donate to the local food pantry.

(It’s not an easy task to get six little kids to smile and pose for the camera!)  Here is our whole group…

Last year we had two families participate in this food drive, and this year we had four families participate.  I hope to continue doing this food drive for years to come with more participation each year.  You should consider doing this project in your own neighborhood.  It doesn’t have to be for the National Day of Service.  There is a need year- round!  Consider hosting a food drive at a time of year other than the holidays – when most people aren’t donating as much to local food banks.

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