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Old 08-03-2011, 11:17 AM
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Getting involved in the Community

My 8 year old and I teamed up this summer to create an outreach project for our local Food Bank. We are by no means "well off" but he always asks about those who hold up the signs that say "need food" and things like that. He asked where these people can get food and why don't they work, etc.. so it was a long conversation.
Our local Food bank helps families, the elderly, homeless, and those in need of food and toiletries.
So we've been bargain shopping and using guides from Extreme couponers to find the deals where we can get free food or toiletries (or close to free).
We decided that for every 5 likes, we donate 1 item.
We have almost reached our goal and hopefully making our 1st delivery this week.
I am very proud of him and hopefully we can continue and make this grow.

Our scouts also deliver food to the same food bank in November for Scouting for food, so we are familiar with this location.

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:34 PM
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What a wonderful project!

Like you, I truly believe that we should get our kids involved in helping others. We are like you, not rich but still able to help when we can. I think that it's wonderful that you are teaching your son how to save money, along with how to help others in need. I'm hoping that my kids get the same message. We try to help out the shelters in our area. We always buy extra school supplies to help out, too.

I have a question, though...what do you mean by "For every 5 likes, we donate 1 item"?

Keep up the wonderful work!! This is a life lesson that your son will carry with him.

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Old 08-05-2011, 03:38 PM
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We have a little smile chart and for every 5 ppl who "like" the facebook page", that means we buy 1 item (be it food, toiletry or what not) to donate.
So Luke colors in a smile for every 5 "likes" and then we know what to buy.
Today we made our 1st delivery and it was awesome!
We found out we can donate baby items and household cleaning stuff too.
Thats a plus. We ended up going to the discount bread store, and they said that the 5 loaves we got would be gone in a matter of minutes.

We hit 538 likes and donated 107 items of food...

I am going to link our page here (hopefully i am not breaking any rules, please forgive and let me know if I am) Palm Harbor Local Community Outreach
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I have to work on a blog and donate button for anyone who wants to help us...
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