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Earlier this week, I told you about being selected to Make a Difference for One with the Champions for Kids #AbbottCFK Pack a Snack Campaign.  Now it’s time to tell you about what I did.   First, we headed to Walmart to shop.  We have two local Walmart’s, this one has a full grocery.

This was one of those rare shopping trips where I had very little on my shopping list.

We stopped by the produce area, and while there found some Buddy Fruits that are all natural.  I grabbed some to put in the snack pack, since they are 100% fruit.  Then we were off to find the PediaSure products.  First I headed to the pharmacy area, where I know they shelve the adult nutritional supplements.  I didn’t see any Pediasure there, although they had plenty of Zone Perfect bars and protein shakes.

Since I didn’t find the PediaSure in the supplements, I thought perhaps it might be kept with the baby formula, so we headed in that direction.

I was momentarily distracted by a seriously cute butterfly shirt.

Onward wayward shopper, right?

delores2I found the PediaSure right by the infant formula and was quite shocked at the selection.  Who knew there were so many options?

I had no clue whether to purchase the PediaSure or the PediaSure Sidekicks.  Checking the panels, I saw that the the PediaSure had more calories and protein, while the PediaSure Sidekicks had more fiber.  I thought a phone call was in order.

I’ve chosen to give my snack pack to someone very near and dear to me, my niece, Delores.  As you know, my son and I are affected by Hay Wells Syndrome.  What you may not know, is that my sister and her kids are affected as well.  My sister, Denyse, is disabled (because of a myriad of health problems) and lives on a fixed income.  Denyse volunteers at the pantry, when she is able to do so, and is a patron as well.  Because Delores has no natural dentition, and because she has difficulty gaining weight, she relies on Pediasure to provide the bulk of her nutrition.  I could think of no better recipient!

So, I called Denyse to find out which product would most benefit Delores, the Pediasure or Pediasure Sidekicks.

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She said that when she can afford it, she gets the PediaSure because of the caloric content.  I grabbed two packs.  When I was leaving the area, I saw Yogurt Melts and called Denyse back.  She assured me that Delores LOVES them, so I grabbed a pack of those, too.

Mister and Sister were helping me shop, and Mister asked why we were getting “Lores” the drinks. I explained that sometimes Lores can’t eat, and she uses the drinks instead, and that we were getting them for her to show that we care.  He was pleased as punch.   Check out my Google+ album to see my shipping trip (and the seriously cute butterfly shirt).

I picked up a purple basket to put the snacks in.  Mister decided that snacks by themselves, though yummy, were pretty boring, and insisted that I put something fun in the basket for Lores, as well.

He thought that since we were giving her the snack basket to show that we care, we should give her a Care Bears coloring book, too. 

Made perfect sense to me.

All that was left now was the actual giving of the basket.

Delores was tickled pink that we stopped by and surprised to see that we brought her goodies.  She dove through the basket, and quickly grabbed one of the bottles of PediaSure and asked her home care nurse to open it for her. Mister and Sister enjoyed the play date.

What would you put in a snack pack?

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Make a difference for one #Cbias #AbbottCFK

My kids and I volunteer at a church-based community pantry nearly every week, and have for several years.  The pantry has been feeding the needy in the community since 1980, and it is supported solely by charitable donation (i.e. they receive no governmental assistance for imagefeeding the needy).

My volunteer role there started out as my excuse to see my Mom every week, since we live on opposite sides of the Mighty Mississippi River, and Mom volunteers there.   In the beginning, I just did whatever Mom told me to; whether sorting cans, bagging bread, carrying bags for pantry patrons… Whatever.  If Mom said do it, I did it.

While I still do whatever Mom tells me to do, for a little over a year now, I’ve also held the responsibility of ordering food from the St. Louis Area Foodbank, which is how our pantry stocks the shelves that we give to the needy from.

Our tiny pantry, supported by a church of less than a hundred members, fed thousands last year.  In the Missouri/Illinois bi-state region alone, one in eight people are in need of food assistance.  One in eight.  Over the course of the last year, the need demonstrated by the community that we serve has exploded.  Pastor Wilfong recently mentioned that in his nearly 32 years of heading the pantry, he has never seen greater need than what we see now.

Over 16 million children under the age of eighteen (3+ Million under the age of five), in America, are unable to consistently access adequate amounts of nutritious food necessary to lead a healthy life.

16,000,000.

Sixteen. Million. Children.

Staggering.

Even though I volunteer nearly every week, when I see that number, I can’t help but think, “What can I do?  The need is so great.  How can I possibly make a difference?”  The thought of one of my own children going hungry breaks my heart.  I can’t imagine how the parents who must face that reality must feel.

You know the starfish story, right?

No?  Here it is…

The Starfish Story adapted (original by Loren Eisley)

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”

“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…

“I made a difference for that one.”

This month I am teaming up with Abbott Nutrition for a Simple Service Project by creating a snack pack filled with nutritious products including Pediasure.

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Later this week I will tell you more about the snack pack I create, as well as about the special little girl that will receive it.  In the meantime, I want to challenge you to learn more about how you can get involved in giving back with Champions for Kids.

Mother Theresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

There are many ways you can help…

  • Donate money (either to a pantry or foodbank in your area, or to a nationwide program that feeds the needy, such as http://feedingamerica.org/)
  • Donate food (host a can drive, a virtual can drive, or Pack a Snack with Abbott Nutrition)
  • Donate time (whether a couple hours or an entire day, your help is needed in combatting hunger)

Will you join me?  Will you feed just one?

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.

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