When I was four years old, I lost my (first) best friend. It was the day of my brother’s birthday party, and I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my grandparents and Uncle Ron. I remember standing on the couch, looking out the window and waiting, waiting, waiting. The phone rang. My dad disappeared. I didn’t like what I could hear as he and my mom murmured in their bedroom. My Pappy Jack was gone. My dad’s inspiration and my best friend passed away suddenly (at a fairly young age) of a heart attack.
When you work for a food retailer, it’s very easy to forget that people are living in hunger. What a humbling thought, right? In my job, the focus is on selling groceries, so when you get an email with (essentially) that message, it really makes you stop and think.
While touring Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (my third tour there in a year), this image made me ask, “Are you with me?”
And really, I want to know if you are with me. Hunger is a real issue in our nation, and one each and every one of us can help with. Here are some of the things I learned during #BlogMob #Hunger that can help our neighbors.
One of those events, #BlogMob #Hunger will be my favorite. No, it’s not because I am lucky enough to co-host the event with Elizabeth and Emily, two Pittsburgh bloggers (but that’s pretty awesome). No, it’s not because I’ll get to network with other bloggers who share my passion. No, it’s not because I love working with the Tote Bag Project.
Greg and I volunteer with The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project, an opportunity that has taken us to various new places in town. This weekend, we had a chance to help organize bags and then got dinner with two others who were sorting. Sure, we could have decided to just grab a sandwich from anywhere, but we were easily convinced to go local after Greg and Ledcat went to pick up totes at Bistro To Go and ogling the turtle cheesecake.
This weekend, the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank will be hosting a tote/food drive at the premiere of “Brave” in the South Side. If you are a Burgher and can make it out, you definitely should. The ‘lil Burghers just might even be there (we’re still working out details).
Greg and I have made the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and food banks (such as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank) as our main community organizations to support. Yesterday, we had the chance to walk in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community as Team Tote Bag, raising money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and spreading awareness of the Tote Bag Project. Greg even got Highmark to donate a box of totes!
(Want to check out the rest of the participants in the Challenge? Check them out here!)
In celebration of Earth Week, our family is going to be taking on a challenge…the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project’s Tote Bag Challenge!
Using tote bags isn’t something new to us, but it (admittedly) isn’t something we always think about. Sure, we use tote bags to make sure the kids have an adequate stash of diapers, clothes, and snacks during day trips. My lunch bag is always a cooler (no brown bagging here). The problem is, we do not always remember to use our tote bags when we coupon or grocery shop (shh, I know, I know!). We really could benefit from a reward system for using our bags (but even Target’s 5 cents off doesn’t even give us enough oomph to always remember).
Remember how The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project was collecting supplies for Women’s History Month and I posted a challenge to gather some supplies? Well, I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed that Mr. Burgher was the only one to pull in supplies in my effort to fill up the car, but I was super excited that he gathered up 250 supplies (filling 5 tote bags) for us to take to the end of the month celebration at our favorite restaurant, Las Velas.
Friends, there is a harsh reality in the world around us. People living in poverty, unable to provide clothing, food, or shelter (basic needs) for their families. This shouldn’t be news to any of us, but today, I want to call attention to a special situation that is the harsh reality of poverty. Today, I am teaming up with a number of other local bloggers in a #BlogSwarm and we are going to bring it to you. This isn’t your typical ‘lil Burghers topic, but I urge you to listen.