I feel that in the world of the 24-hour news cycle, we're concerned about keeping ourselves safe that we hardly help others and when we do reach out, it's to some faraway place or person that we've never met. While I believe helping organizations, I also think it's best to first help those around you in some form or another. Make your heaven on earth right where you live.
That's exactly how my little family kicked off our kindness project. We joined in with several churches from our community to pack weekend meals for children who are on the free breakfast and lunch program at school. It's not that their parents don't care to feed their children on the weekends, it's that sometimes it's hard to get meals prepared when a parent works all weekend. I'm sure a handful of those families probably don't even have the money to eat all three balanced meals. With that in mind, everyone brought easy-to-make kid friendly food and we packed bags filled with two breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks. The bags were then given to local elementary schools.
We packed about 250 weekend meal kits! Whatever was leftover and not a full meal was given to another local community center to distribute appropriately.
Don't forget this little guy! It's never too early or late to start teaching your kids to help others.