There was no 13th day in the Twelve Days of Christmas but there sure is in the Twelve Days of Happiness! In fact, we’re going for 200 Days of Happiness! What? Not 365, you say? Some days you just have to lay around in your pajamas, eat pizza, watch movies, …. Ahhh…. but I digress. 200 just seems more doable somehow.
I am the guest blog extraordinaire for the 13th day in Twelve days of Happiness! Some of you may also know me as Cassidy’s mom. I signed up to help with a food drive for Operation Backpack in Pottstown the Saturday before Cassidy was leaving for her 2nd semester at college. So, of course, trying to maximize time, I brought her along!
Operation Backpack assists food insecure children in the Pottstown and surrounding areas by providing a weekly backpack of food for them to eat over the weekend. We said that many, many times to shoppers entering the Redner’s food market in Pottstown. Karen at Operation Backpack organizes these food drives with the local super markets. We hand shoppers a piece of paper listing the types of food we collect, they shop and bring us a bag or whatever they can back out to us. We collect that in a cart and Karen brings it all back to Operation Backpack headquarters for distribution. That is just one way food gets collected for this very needed service.
Operation Backpack is up to about 270 backpacks that get filled every week. That is 270 children, elementary to high school age, that don’t have enough food to eat over the weekend. In Pottstown, Norristown, Pottsgrove. Places near you. Just let that sink in for a minute.
Our Coventry small group at Branch Life Church (shameless plug here) volunteers once a month to help pack the backpacks for that week. The leaders at Operation Backpack have this activity down to a science. It is amazing to watch it all in action! The teams that come every Wednesday can pack 270 backpacks in under an hour and a half. Then, the backpacks get transported to the schools every Thursday or Friday to give to the kids who then return the backpacks on Monday to get refilled. Needless to say, this is a very vital service in the area.
The link to Operation Backpack’s website is below. It is a tremendous organization and we love volunteering with them. If you are local and want to donate food or come see the action, just drop a note to Pieces of Happiness. We’d love to have you!
If you are looking for a church in the Pottstown area or need a later Sunday service (we meet at 5pm), the link is also below. We’d love to have you here as well!