Wednesday, December 14, 2011
It's Our Birthday!
It is very hard to believe, but yes, it has been one whole year since the Superheroes of Kindness first took flight! It was a snowy December day that the capes of kindness first found themselves wrapped gently around kind-hearted children, and slowly made the trek to the Food Bank delivering 377 pounds of food collected by these preschool heroes. It seemed only fitting to celebrate by delivering food collected again this year to our neighbor, Missoula's Food Bank. But I tell you, this was no ordinary food drive. In fact, it was not just a Superhero of Kindness food drive. This was a 'let's all come together and help out our community' food drive. What a proud moment for these little bodies that hold such giant hearts and leave such deeply impacted footprints.
This food drive started like most other child-run food drives - coloring! Yes, while the four year olds went off to their last gymnastics lesson, the three year olds and kindergarteners decorated four very large pieces of paper to be used as box covers. The next day, food started coming in. One morning, some of the children walked down to the neighborhood grocery store with a goal of each child choosing one item to bring back for their box. Of course, after selecting many healthy food items, we had to throw in a cake and frosting "for if they need something yummy" (one of the children told me that.) Last Friday, one group wrote a note to the school's neighbors, explaining what we were doing and asking for them to leave food out to be collected and added to our donation. The children had so much fun taking turns putting our letter into mailboxes (something that until that moment we hadn't realized they do not do that often.) Monday morning, the same children took off with a wagon, collecting five brown grocery bags full of food! This was extra special as we were able to include a Missoula Community School alumni family in our drive! And I tell you, when the wagon was getting heavy a couple of those three year olds really showed their strength and gave some good all out pushes on the back of the wagon. Another group sorted the food, knowing this is something the food bank volunteers and employees have to do and hoping to spare them of the work (and getting a good sorting and comparing activity out of it.) When all was said and done, we filled five wagons full of food to be donated.
Friends, if you feel like celebrating with us, here is how you can. Go out today with a goal of making someone smile. Tap into that seed of kindness in someone else, and let them experience what that feels like. Thank you so very much for a great first year - we hope to see you back here next year when we celebrate birthday number 2! (Really, we hope to see you back here many times before then, as well!)
As a little something special, we have made a video photo album of some highlights from our first year, both picture highlights and letters/comments received highlights. We hope you enjoy it!
The Superheroes of Kindness
(If you cannot get the video to go to full screen, and want the full effect, click here.)