Whoever said little kids can’t make a big difference? With the help of mother and pre-kindergarten teacher, Christy Taylor, the children of Educare Learning Center rounded up a fantastic contribution of 32 loaves of bread and an assortment of clothing for their annual “Loaves of Love” bread drive to donate to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
For the past five years, Educare Learning Center, an early childhood education center in Sacramento catering to children ages three to five, has been teaching children the importance of sharing through their cleverly dubbed “Loaves of Love” (L.O.L) donation effort which takes place during the holiday season.
“Each teacher explained to children why it’s important to donate and help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We want the bread drive to provide a real-life example of that,” Taylor said. “So far, we’ve had an excellent turn-out for the program. More than ¾ of students contributed a loaf of bread to the drive. We even had jackets, blankets and shoes to donate this year!”
This year, students collected goods in addition to bread. “We hope that by including other items in the donation drive, it will teach the children to not only appreciate having food but also things like having a warm jacket,” Taylor explained. Yielding favorable results, this year’s inclusion of clothing to the drive provided four bags of jackets, blankets and shoes to donate to SFBFS.
“The children constantly see pictures of poor children from other countries, but they don’t know that people are starving in their own backyard,” Taylor remarked. “The drive helps them realize there are people here in need also.”
To keep the spirit of giving fresh in the children’s minds past the holiday season, Educare Learning Center also organizes a clothing drive every March which collects shoes, pants, shorts and t-shirts. By organizing donation efforts throughout the school year, the staff of Educare works continually to inspire compassion in the next generation of youth.
The donated from Educare students found its way into the hands of families in need within a few hours of being dropped off.
If you are interested in leading a donation drive, please visit www.sacramentofoodbank.org for more information.
Submitted by Matt Pruitt, AmeriCorps VISTA