My 14 year old daughter just graduated middle school. We had a small party and on her invitation she requested local supermarket, small denomination gift cards (instead of gifts for herself) to donate to local food pantries. She has seen people lining up for the pantry next to a church. I am extremely proud of her, she raised almost $400 in gift cards.
Now my dilemma, I have called 2 local food pantry's and a local day care that helps out families in need. No one from the food pantry has called me back and someone from the daycare said that they need juice (Now I would be happy to donate some juice BUT $400 is a lot of money and could really help out a few families)..I would be happy to hand out the gift cards and/or purchase food that would be needed. Actually,if I purchased it I could do better and by more with that money to donate, but there is also something to be said about the pride of buying your own food. BUT no one is calling me back and I have called at few times and emailed the directors....
She has also been collecting small toys (Happy meals) from kids around here that don't use them, in addition to other small toys.
She wants to keep it local, otherwise I would start calling neighboring towns...Any suggestions???