You’d think that the hardest part of packing boxes to feed kids would be getting volunteers and donations. But it’s not. The hardest part for most of us is that we don’t get to see the faces of the kids we are serving.
I believe it’s in our nature to want to make a difference, but even in that, most of us want to SEE the before/after shots. We want to be able to hand the box to the child and see their face light up. We want to hear the story about how it gave them hope and filled their tummy.
Because Lovepacs works through the school counselors, we trust them to identify which kids need Lovepacs. In doing that, we forfeit our “right” to see the end results and have that satisfied feeling about ourselves. Being anonymous is sometimes harder than it seems.
So the next time you want to “see’ the faces of the kids you are helping to feed, picture your own kids and think of what a blessing it would be to you if someone came alongside you to feed them when you couldn’t–someone who didn’t rub it in your face or make a big deal of it. If you don’t have any kiddos of your own, look at the faces of these kids who give their time to help pack boxes of food. Envision their faces in your mind in place of those receiving the Lovepacs. Also, think about the opportunity you are providing them to serve other kids– hopefully helping to change the way they look at the world around them and the people they meet.