Chicago Students Donating Summer Time

Hey kids, does your school offer classes that teach you about giving back in your community?  Check out what this school out of Chicago is doing!  We think it would awesome if kids talked to their schools about doing something like this.   Read the Chicago Tribute article HERE.

 

Kung Food Fighters Tour and Give Back!

When we launched the Kung Food Fighters Kids Club a couple months back, we had no idea how many amazingly awesome kids would pop out of the wood work.  A couple weeks ago, we hosted a private tour for club members and their families, followed by a delicious breakfast provided by our in-house chef.   20 kiddos and their parents joined us to learn about what Food Bank of the Rockies does in the community and how important they are in our society.  Ranging from ages 3-18, these kids learned about tangible outlets for giving back to their community.  

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One of the kids in attendance was the amazing Clark.  This soon-to-be 6th grader organized a "Fun Run" in his neighborhood and collected over $1,300 for FBR!  How outstanding is that?  He created an impressive, larger than life check that will be proudly hung on our gigantic wall of checks.  In addition, our friend Derek (who lived in a plexi-glass box on the 16th street mall this past spring to fight childhood homelessness and hunger) joined us to talk to the kids about how important it is to step outside their comfort zones to make a difference in the world.  

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We're blessed to have this club as an outlet for working with, educating and empowering kids to see their potential for positive change!  If you haven't signed your kiddos us, you can do so right here.   

Last week, we were blessed with yet another outpouring of generosity through 9Cares Colorado Shares and King Soopers.  Coloradans came forward to fight hunger and donated over 14,000 pounds of food and purchased boxes which provided an additional 130,000 pound of food through our friends at King Soopers!  This past Thursday, over 100 hunger relief agency partners lined up at a warehouse space that was graciously loaned to us for the week and loaded their vehicles with much appreciated food to distribute to clients on the front lines of hunger.  It was a busy week and one that leaves us so grateful and amazed at the impact we can make when we all work together toward a common goal.  

THANKS to 9NEWS, King Soopers, our volunteers and all our generous neighbors for making this distribution possible!  

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Faces of Food Bank: Shar

Shar can be found in the midst of our inner warehouse office space.  She’s responsible for the overall coordination, responses and filing of incoming/outgoing documents and correspondence in our Nutrition Network.  Shar also performs site reviews as needed.  You can find her reading, knitting, singing and hanging out with her family and grandkids outside the office.  She’s proud to be serving hungry children through FBR, despite her childhood dreams of becoming a singer.  Someday, you’ll find Shar on a cruise to Panama with her kids and grandkids.  Do you know what a fiddle head is?  It happens to be one of her favorite delicacies.    

 

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Car Seats for ALL Kids

We're sharing the following story from a past Facebook post from Denver Public School's AmeriCorp page.  What a cool story from a little girl who used her personal situation to help others!  Kids, what can YOU do to use your experiences to help others?  

 
Children's Advisory Network shared Denver Public Schools AmeriCorps's photo.

The Power of One

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1st grade student Monserat Arenas, was recently in a car accident. Her booster seat helped save her life, and now she is on a mission to make sure all kids who need car seats or booster seats have one.  Car seat manufacturer, Graco, donated 50 car seats to Monserat's car seat drive. In addition to this, they will match every new car seat we receive at Smith Renaissance School. We would love if you donate new car seats!

Smith Renaissance will also be hosting a Car Seat Safety & Giveaway Night at Smith on Thursday, May 23rd with their partners Safe Kids Denver Metro led by Children’s Hospital Colorado.  We will have car seat technicians on hand to ensure the new car seats are properly installed. We are also inviting various children’s safety organizations in the community to participate in a safety fair during the event.

Keeping Those Kids Busy

Summer is FULL of options to keep our kids active and whine free.  Here are a few resources we found through Macaroni Kid - Highlands Ranch.  They have tons of fun info you can take advantage of via their Facebook page.   

Join Michaels for its Passport to Imagination summer craft classes for kids from June 17 through Aug. 2. Kids 5 and up will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10 AM-Noon to learn about the seven continents and their cultures, wildlife and landmarks. Cost is $2/session, supplies included. The first 50 travelers to climb aboard Passport to Imagination at each store will receive a free tote bag. http://www.michaels.com/

 Have you ever tried yoga with your kids? Summer is the time, since most areas have a free yoga in the park session! See the details in our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide!  Free Yoga in the Park  bit.ly

 LOTS of great summer camp options still available!! Don't know where to start? Try our SUMMER CAMP GUIDE!http://highlandsranch.macaronikid.com/article/498173/2013-macaroni-kid-summer-camp-guide

 Our Ultimate Summer Fun Guide is HERE, plus 3 great giveaways and Father's Day ideas! Check your inbox for this week's newsletter or you can visit our website: http://highlandsranch.macaronikid.com/

Jayci’s Wreaths for Heroes

Taken from an e-newsletter from GenerationOn. Check out their awesome site!  It'll inspire you to get involved in your community.  

Jayci Elaine Derby, a seventh grader from San Antonio, TX is the generationOn Excellence in Service and Leadership Award winner for May 2013. She first became involved in service at the age of 11 when her family went to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery to visit her grandfather's grave site during the holidays. She noticed only a few wreaths were placed on graves around the cemetery and wondered why there were so few. She decided that all heroes should be honored with a tribute and set out to make that a reality.   

After doing some research, Jayci discovered Wreaths Across America, a National organization that places wreaths on graves throughout the country. She became a Youth Ambassador for Wreaths Across America, and started a local organization called Jayci's Wreaths for Heroes. She has since raised over $15,000 and has spoken at numerous schools and events to raise awareness of her passion to honor heroes while also spreading the message that even one child can make an impact on the world. Congratulations, Jayci!  

Nominate a member of your generationOn Service Club for the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award! Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis for this award, which recognizes individuals and groups ages 5-18 who take a leadership role doing service projects in their local and global communities. Each month, awardees will be featured on the generationOn website and will receive a certificate of merit. Click here to learn more and submit your nomination!  

Birthday Bags

Check out what Denver resident, Claire, did to make birthdays a little sweeter for Colorado kids in need.  You're a super hero Claire!  A little effort goes such a long way!  

Garage Sale to Fight Hunger

Check out this cool story from our friends at Hunger Free Colorado! Kids just like you can make a HUGE difference!   
 
Seven-year-old TJ is passionate about ending hunger and decided to hold a garage sale to raise money for Hunger Free Colorado. He collected $121.71, which he dropped off at our offices yesterday. Thank you to TJ for making a difference!
 
Photo: Seven-year-old TJ is passionate about ending hunger and decided to hold a garage sale to raise money for Hunger Free Colorado. He collected $121.71, which he dropped off at our offices yesterday. Like this post to say thank you to TJ for making a difference!

Grainger Going the Extra Mile

We're fortunate to work with companies who consistently exhibit their generosity and passion for fighting hunger.  Grainger is one of these companies.  We're so grateful to partner with them year after year.  This year is no exception!  Last week, Grainger executives visited us to present a gift that will provide 120,000 meals for our neighbors in need.  How amazing is that?  THANKS to Grainger for your time and your dedication.  We appreciate you so very much!  

 

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