September is Hunger Action Month and I've been brainstorming ways to get my family involved. Particularly R. It's a great thing for him to see me actively giving, whether it's my time or money, but it would be even greater for him to play an important role as well. So I came up with Kids Feeding with Reading, and we are both incredibly excited!
What We're Doing
The idea is that R will ask for sponsors to donate one nonperishable food item per book he reads in a week's time. We will ask family, friends, and even some companies. At the end of the week we will collect the food he's raised and deliver it to our local food bank. He will be actively playing a role in fighting hunger. And he'll be reading. Fantastic, right?
I asked him to set a goal for himself. I asked him to think about how many books he'd like to read and work towards that number. His goal is 100 books. And with his excitement and pride, I just know he'll make it. Because of his lofty goal, we are asking sponsors to set their own limit based on what they are comfortable with. If they are only comfortable with donating one item per book up to 20 books, that's great. It's still making a difference and supporting the cause and my son.
You Could Too!
Do you like this idea?
I would love for this to snowball into something huge. Your family, your children, can make a difference. Canned food drives at school and stores are fantastic, but you don't have to wait until something is organized for you. If you like this idea, I urge you to incorporate it into your family. Encourage your children to set goals and then donate the food they collect to your local church or food bank. Not only will you be helping to fight hunger, but you will also be instilling a sense of leadership,community, empathy, and pride in your child. While they read!
Adjust to Fit Your Family
* For younger children- If you have a younger child that is not yet reading, you could read the books to them and count any book you read that was initiated by them for the purpose of the food drive. You could also pair them with an older sibling and make it a team effort.
*For older kids- If you have a child that is reading novels, you could ask sponsors to donate per chapter or page instead.
Resources for You
I'm incredibly lucky to have talented friends. Andie, from Crayon Freckles was kind enough to make a logo for Kids Feeding With Reading and we used her fabulous design to make some printables for you.
Directions For Printing:
In order to print these with the best quality possible, please follow these steps:
- Right click on the picture of the printable you'd like to use and select "Open link in new tab."
- Right click on the picture and select "Save picture as"
- Open the saved image and select to print full page.
If you plan to participate in Kids Feeding with Reading, I would absolutely love for you to share the outcome with me. Feel free to leave me a comment, send me an email, or stop by my Facebook page. I would love to feature your child's good deeds so pictures are welcomed as well!
How do you encourage charitable giving?