August 4, 2014

Grateful Monday + Giveaway!

One thing I've wanted to do since I was a teenager was feed those people less fortunate than myself. I never really had the initiative to find a way to do this. 

I am very fortunate. My family never needed to go to a food bank or be on welfare. My parents did attempt to apply for food stamps (SNAP) when they arrived in the US, but because their car was over the value that had been set they were denied. The only aid my parents ever needed was WIC. 

We are VERY fortunate. My dad was able to find a good job with health insurance that we were able to live off of. He never made a lot of money, but we were always comfortable in middle class. 

I've always felt fortunate and grateful and it has made me want to help others. Many times it is by giving someone whom I see on the street a meal or trying to do a pay it forward type thing. 

On Saturday when I was dropping my nephew off at his house my brother told me that my niece was going to be going with her mom to help feed the homeless that afternoon at a nearby church. 

It was meant to be. 

After doing some errands I took my niece and went to the church. 

It was an INCREDIBLE experience. I helped with checking in the people who were coming in. Each person got to get two hot meal items. They had some pasta as well as packaged (organic!) sandwiches. Then they got to write down some things they wanted off a list of available products (on this day it was diapers, adult diapers, lotion, milk, eggs and some other items) which they picked up after their hot food. 

We were there for about 2 hours. They do this daily! I won't be able to go daily but I do plan on going at least every other week. 

The organization is called FISH:

Have you ever worked in a food pantry or with any organization that helps the less fortunate? How did it go? 

I'm also participating in a giveaway this week! 

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Grateful Heart Monday linkup


  1. Amazing. It's an awesome feeling to help others- but especially those in need. (I always find that they fill me up just as much as they are filled up by the food or clothes, etc. It's soul filling!) Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I'm very thankful for FISH. we have one in our area, and when I was out of work they helped pay our utilities and we were able to get a week's worth of groceries. :) It's awesome you were able to help out!

  3. I volunteered with my Grandma at a soup kitchen and it was an eye-opening experience. I'm glad you enjoyed your time helping out.

  4. How awesome. What a great organization.

  5. It's such worthy time spent. I helped with serving hot meals to the homeless with my family over the holiday season when I was younger. I haven't been involved in something like that in a long time but I really would like to, once we move I will have much more time to find a spot. I have been wanting to get more involved in community outreach. What a great thing to be grateful for. Have a great week!

  6. What an amazing way to spend your day. I haven't been fortunate enough to work with any of our local programs but would love to. I need to look for some opportunities :)