Last Friday marked the last day of Feed Our Kids, a program that has provided lunches to at-risk children each summer for over a decade.
Like all our seasonal programs, their success rests solely on the dedication of volunteers and donors of this community. This year the community rallied around our neighborhoods to serve 37,568 meals to children in areas where they are most vulnerable to hunger.
To put it visually, if we lined 37,568 lunch sacks from Bob’s Steak & Chop House on Main Street in Grapevine, we would have enough to line both sides of Main Street all the way to Donation Station, and we would still have enough sack lunches to feed 390 children!
On any given weekday, as many as 856 meals were served by volunteers, which mean 856 well-fed children and 856 smiling faces. A variety of summertime fare was provided courtesy of local restaurants, including Which Wich Sandwiches, Chick-fil-a, Bottle Cap Alley and Wise Guys Pizza, who generously gave their resources to meet the community’s needs.
Feed Our Kids might have reached completion, but our work to serve children is never over. Believe it or not, plans are already under way for Christmas Cottage, our next seasonal program that allows parents to select new, unwrapped gifts in a festive, store like setting. On average Christmas Cottage provides holiday gifts for over 1,600 children each year.
Christmas Cottage is an obvious favorite for many local groups and individuals, and this year will require “elves” with every skill to help us transform a bare warehouse into a winter wonderland.
Throughout the year new toys are generously donated to ensure every child in the community has a magical holiday season. Gift cards, dolls, toy trucks and family gifts are needed every year, with a year-specific list to come out this October.
The holiday trend forecast this year is for Minions, and new bicycles are always a classic way to bring excitement to a child who might not be accustomed to getting new toys. We will keep you updated on needs. If you or your group is interested in volunteering for Christmas Cottage, contact me at lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org.
Thanks to the following groups and friends who offered 37,568 smiles in Feed Our Kids 2015:
Young Men’s Service League, National Charity League Southlake, National Charity League DFW Metroport, Southlake and Colleyville LDS, First United Methodist Church Grapevine, Compass Church, First Presbyterian Grapevine, Rachael Koch and Friends, Tracy Kettler and Friends, City of Grapevine, D Dallas Airomotive, GCISD, Kids Matters, Kohl’s, Covenant Church, Crown of Life, Robin Austin and Friends, First Baptist Southlake, Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Home Depot, Frost Bank, First Baptist Grapevine, Allison Wendler and Friends, American Airlines, Sabre, Church of the Cross, Abiding Grace Lutheran, Randy White and Friends, State Farm, Gina McPhail and Friends, Susan Larabee and Friends, First United Methodist Colleyville, SOSA, Girl Scouts, Horrace Mann, Lions Club, Box Insurance, Sound Physicians, Lonesome Dove Church, Kim Dillion and Friends, Altrusa, Good Shepherd, Countryside Bible, Jennifer Clark and Friends, CHHS Cheer Team, Robin Carson, D’ray Rice, Southlake Women’s Club, Kerrie Russell, Sheri Mills, Missy Hill, Kim Bell
By: Lori Stevens, GRACE Seasonal Manager