I had the opportunity to volunteer some time this morning at an amazing charity called " Brown Bagging For Calgary's Kids Society" or BB4CK. I must confess that I was quite moved by the experience and thought that I should share my thoughts with everyone.
I met BB4CK executive director Bob McInnis through twitter, then a few days later at a Charity golf event he was volunteering at. I was pretty impressed with the organization and Bob himself, so I decided to donate some time. I must say that the experience was fun and rewarding at the same time, which is pretty hard to say for most volunteer work.
What really shocked me was the level of demand that BB4CK meets. It is really sad to me that in a city as wealthy as Calgary, there are thousands of children that go hungry in this city. My wife is a teacher and she has always told me that lack of proper nutrition leads to decreased concentration in school, lack of attention and reduced academic performance. By meeting the nutrition needs of these children, BB4CK is actually making a difference in their lives. Today, we made over 1500 lunches. 1500!
We take for granted something as simple as having a bag lunch available for our kids.
As a child that grew up with modest economic means, I can appreciate what they are trying to accomplish here. As an adult, I am thankful that I have the resources to contribute time and money to excellent charities like this each month.
I would really encourage everyone to check out their website and consider donating some of your time and/or cash.
Make It Your Problem!