How can I make a difference in my community? What is something small that I am able to do, that would put a smile on someone’s face? How can I show that I care?
These were the questions running through my head, and of those of my two friends who I did this project with. We wanted to give back to the community and make a difference to at least a few people. This is how we came up with the idea of Care to Go. “Care to Go” is the name we gave to our project. The goal of this project: make and distribute care packages containing toiletries, some snacks, and other necessary items.
First, we gathered the funds needed in order to buy the materials to make the care packages, and the stuff to put inside of them. Our family members and ourselves donated some money, and some of the money we earned doing odd jobs; such as cleaning out the garage. We made a few trips to the store to purchase supplies, each time getting a better idea of how to maximize the bags and use the money to purchase as many items as possible.
After multiple trips to the store, and a weekend spent decorating and packing bags, we got in contact with a local soup kitchen in Orange, California, Mary’s Kitchen, and let them know that we had thirty care packages to drop off. When we arrived at the kitchen, the volunteers were very friendly and appreciative of the donations. One of the lead volunteers gave us a tour of the entire facility, including the kitchen, outside eating area, showers, freezer, and large storage containers. It was a great experience overall, and made my friends and I interested in volunteering at this kitchen.
This was a great learning experience for us, showing us that giving back to your community feels good. It even made us want to come back and help out again! I plan to volunteer with this organization throughout the summer.