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  • Life always presents surprises and the occasional stumbles. After an unsuccessful "Leap" coordination on our last vacation we were a little discouraged as we had fallen a bit behind in our leap year project schedule. But the good thing about this process, actually there are many, was to teach the kids that we need to be flexible and adjust. So for the next child's pick leap we wanted to participate in a local food pack for needy families in our area vs somewhere globally. Children's Hunger Fund was doing a local pack and we thought it the perfect chance for us to build off what we have done so far.

    We knew we would be packing outside, but in a large covered area. When we all arrived on this rainy day we each took our positions in the various lines and packed boxes, opened food crates, carried boxes, taped, lifted, and cleaned up the various boxes. We did whatever was needed, whenever it was needed. At one point I looked across the area we were working in and saw my family working with strangers and friends. Laughing, working, sweating, avoiding the puddles that were forming everywhere. But most importantly the kids were doing. I was so proud of them.

    After we were all done I noticed something didn't happen today. The kids had NO hesitancy to start. No questions of "Why are we doing this?". None of the occasional complaints or gripes. We all arrived and just got right to it and helped make 3,000 boxes of food! In fact, each of our kids want to be the ones to help plan the next event. We all love that we are serving.

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