3.11.2009

Humbling Experience

Today after work, I stopped by the Maryland Food Bank to drop off the goods I had picked up last night.Shanna was kind enough to give me a tour of the facility and an overview of how everything works.The most important thing that I took away was that their need is greater than their supply.They also need more volunteers to help package the donations they have received, so items can be sent to the people that need them, as quickly as possible.I feel good about the things I did donate,but know I can do more.

I got the business card for the Volunteer Coordinator and am going to contact her tomorrow. I would love to help sort and pack all of the donations. (Just like the Biggest Loser Food Bank challenge - it could be a workout too!)

If you are in Maryland and able to help out...please click on this link to find out more about the Harvest for the Hungry, March 7th - March 14th.

What is one of your most humbling experiences?

19 comments:

Erica March 11, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

Fabulous donation. Good for you for volunteering too! You are awesome :)

VeggieGirl March 11, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

So heartwarming - be proud!!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! March 11, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

I'm so proud of you girl. I won't be here during this period, but next time I'll try to help.

kara March 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

Wow, I didn't know about that program! I am totally going to try to leave some out this week.

I worked for a program that works with runaway and homeless youth and it was so incredibly humbling to visit the shelter. Everyone chipped in and made us lunch and ate with us. It was amazing that they were willing to share their food with us as visitors. It feels so good to give back to that community!

I Run for Fun March 11, 2009 at 10:27 PM  

Good for you on volunteering, Lauren. It IS so humbling...and puts life in perspective.

Erin March 11, 2009 at 10:30 PM  

Lauren, what a great thing you're doing...you should be proud!

Hallie March 11, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

Good for you!

For me, completing the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer was humbling. Training for it, I was all "look how tough I am, I'm walking 10 miles a day" or whatever but when the walk actually started, I learned that it wasn't about fitness or toughness...it was really about raising awareness about this important cause. It was an experience I'll never ever forget.

Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 12, 2009 at 1:20 AM  

Fantastic. You should be proud of yourself...you are making a difference!

I think I am humbled each time I am in the grocery store or post office or any public place and see not only that most people have a lot less STUFF than I do, but also I lot less LOVE. I am so lucky to have so much love in my life.

loveofoats.com March 12, 2009 at 6:47 AM  

that is such a great donation - you are such a role model and great example!!!

D10 March 12, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

You did a wonderful thing. I am sure with the declining economy the food banks are in greater need of support.

lesley March 12, 2009 at 7:41 AM  

It's so awesome that you're taking your time to donate and help!! It's truly making a difference, bringing people hope and neccessities and that's amazing!!

My most humbling experience was going on a mission's trip this past summer to Puerto Rico. It's amazing and humbling just to see other cultures and how much LESS they live on than us ... I could go into greater detail but then this comment would turn into a novel ; ) Anyways, it's awesome what you are doing!!!

Melissa (Nibbles and Wiggles) March 12, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

My most humbling experience also had to do with feeding the needy.

I volunteered with the Dinner Program for Homeless Women in D.C. We helped prep food for the meal service that night and for the rest of the week. Most of the veggies would be things I would have tossed in the trash. Instead, we cut out the bad spots and used as much as possible.

For many of those women (and their kids) this service gives them their only meal of the day. As we were plating food you just wanted to give them heaping portions - but you couldn't because everyone needed to get served.

I think we take a lot of things for granted in our lives, that's for sure.

K March 12, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

Great donation! You should be very proud :)

Julie March 12, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

That's SO awesome what you did :) You should feel so proud of yourself!!

ChickPea March 12, 2009 at 12:52 PM  

Hi Lauren,
I've decided to respond to comments via e-mail from now on. Could you provide an email address next time you comment on my blog? I just want to make sure everyone gets their questions answered! Thanks!
Caroline

Lori March 12, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

So great that you are going to help. We helped out one Thanksgiving at the God's Pantry in KY. The amount of people and organization it took to fill the t-day boxes was amazing.

My humbling experiences have been too many to count since living in a foreign country. :)

tfh March 12, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

What beautiful, healthy products you donated. Thanks for sharing, and for showing all those empty shelves-- esp in these economic times I'm sure they need our help more than ever.

ttfn300 March 13, 2009 at 10:11 PM  

wow, that is amazing, something to be proud of! and think about all the little things we can do :)

HangryPants March 15, 2009 at 9:23 PM  

Good work Lauren!

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