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It’s easy to feel disconnected, as many parents juggle work, school, kids, and activity after activity. But some simple things can bring a family closer — playing a game, going for a hike, or cooking a meal together.
One of the most satisfying, fun, and productive ways to unite is volunteering for community service projects. Volunteerism also sets a good example for your kids and helps the community. Inspired by companies that give back we made a care package for a local family in need.
What Kids Can Learn From Community Service:
- Responsibility:By volunteering, kids learn what it means to make and keep a commitment. They learn how to be on time, do their best, and be proud of their results. They also learn that, ultimately, we’re all responsible for the well-being of our communities.
- Tolerance: Working in community service will put kids in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicity, ages, education, and income levels. They’ll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.
- That One Person can Make a Difference: This is such a powerful message to teach to children – that they are important enough to have an impact.
- That Sacrifice can be Beneficial: Community service helps teach children that their are important things besides ourselves and our immediate needs.
What’s in Our Care Package:
One of the ways that we actively volunteer is at our local children’s shelters. While it is hard for my children to see other children in need- it is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved. At our last visit we interacted with a family that had just recently left a domestic violent situation.
My children were saddened to learn that sometimes children need to be removed from their homes due to dangerous situations. Many of these children leave their homes with only the clothes on their backs.
Just thinking that a child might have to leave a favorite toy or might not have eaten all day encouraged my children to help end hunger.
We headed to Walmart to participate in the Tyson KNOW Hunger campaign as right now with purchase of specially-marked Tyson products, Tyson will donate a meal to a child in need.
Our kit included:
- Shampoo and soap
- Fun tub items like Fizzing Colors and Bubble Bath
- Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
- Children’s Multivitamins
- Nuby Wacky Ware
- Coloring Books and Crayons
- T-shirts, Underwear, Socks
- Combs, brush, and hair accessories
- 3 Mason Jar Lunches
Easy Mason Jar Meals:
These three meals are perfect for giving to a family in need because they are quick and easy to make, adjustable for size, and healthy. They also do not require the family needing to heat or cook the meals before serving.
American Pasta Salad
- Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken 2-4 chicken breasts
- Fusilli Pasta serving for 2
- Black Olives as desired
- Cherry Tomatoes as desired
- Shredded Cheese as desired
- Ranch Dressing
Boil and cool the Fusilli Pasta.
Cook the Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken as package instructs.
Add all the ingredients together.
Top with Cheese.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Cobb Salad
- Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken
- Salad Dressing
Cook the Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken as the package instructs.
Boil and dice the eggs.
Cook and crumble bacon.
Add all the ingredients together.
Use a separate container for salad dressing of choice.
Deli-Styled Chicken Salad
- 4 cups diced cooked chicken (between 2-4 Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken breast, depending on size)
- 1 large celery stalk diced
- 1 green onion sliced
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
- Salt & pepper to taste
Heat Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken as package instructs and then shred (or chop) you chicken breasts to the size that you want.
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl, and stir to combine.
If it seems a little dry, add one tablespoon of mayo at a time until you reach the right consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend.