Being Recognized

On the heels of donating to the local animal shelter, Bailey (turning nine this month) decided that she wanted to help a different group next.  She worked hard selling home-made beaded bracelets, collecting monetary donations, and reading books for money.  She raised $57.

A spout of illnesses throughout October kind of put Bailey’s plans on hold, but last Friday we went shopping at the two low-cost grocery stores near home and gathered a whole trunk-full of grocery items for our local government food pantry.

Here’s what she got for $57:

  • 20 cans of vegetable
  • 4 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 4 boxes of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
  • 5 bottles of apple juice
  • 5 boxes of drink pouches
  • 3 boxes of saltine crackers
  • 3 large boxes of spaghetti
  • 3 bottles of spaghetti sauce
  • 10 cans of tuna
  • 6 cans of fruit

Today we dropped off all the food at the local government food pantry.  They were very surprised that Bailey had taken the initiative to raise money and shop for this food all on her own, and they asked if they could feature her in next month’s government center newsletter.  To Bailey, who has aspirations of fame, this was exciting news.  Her jubilant reaction:  “I never expected to be recognized for doing this.”

Since we got home, Bailey has called all of her grandparents to share the news and promised them copies of the newsletter when it comes out.  I see nothing wrong with a little recognition, but I bet that even without it Bailey would still have that desire to help others less fortunate than herself.  Once again I am so proud of her big heart and generous spirit.

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