Food Pantry Shopping Trip

During Lent this year, our church gave the Sunday school kids a take-out box and a calendar. Each day they were to put money in for something we owned. For example, one day we put in a nickel for every window in our house and another day we had to pay 75 cents for each smartphone in the house (that one hurt Dad who was juggling two jobs and therefore, two Blackberrys at the time). On Easter, we returned the box full of the money we had collected and our church donated it to Habitat for Humanity.

Anyway, Jack & EJ loved it and had a really good time counting up both the objects and what we owed (it was really good to work on coin values & math with Jack too). Matt decided he could take the concept and change it a bit so we could do it again. So for the month of August, we put money in a jar for the food we ate each day. Matt built and elaborate price chart off our kids' typical diet (10 cents for milk, 5 cents for a banana, 50 cents for cookies) and we'd add up each day at dinner. If we missed a day, we owed $2. And again...our kids loved doing it and would remind us if we forgot too.

So on September 5th (it was the first week of school, we had to wait for Saturday!), we counted up the money we collected. The kids started out working together...


...but in the end, Jack got serious and EJ did an interpretive dance! We had $43.30! So we grabbed the money & the food pantry needs list (got dressed) and headed to the store.


The kids helped us shop. EJ found the items we needed on the list and helped load the cart. And Jack carried his gigantic calculator around (I found that thing for like 10 cents at Goodwill, but they love it) and subtracted the cost of what we were picking up to make sure we were within budget.

In the end we were able to purchase all of this! And while I was the one who wanted to take this photo (of course) they were SO excited! And each of them insisted on carrying a bag of the food into church the next day too (we donated through our church's monthly food drive for United Methodist Children's Services seeing as they gave us the great idea). Good work Daddy!
Leslie said...

Heather, this is *SUCH* an awesome idea!! I love how you get your kids involved in giving! I think we're going to have to start doing something similar!

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

heather, this is just so awesome! you inspire to instill these values in my children ...

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