You may remember reading about our Simple Service project that included light bulb donation a little while back. Our family had chosen a special cause that benefits kids as our donation target. You can read more and see our entire shopping trip here.Thursday after I picked up my older two children from school we had to head to the grocery store. I ended up going to Sam’s Club to pick up some meat, cheese and buns for lunches and then some granola bars and cheese crackers for the kids to have as snacks. I saw a huge chuck roast in the meat department and tossed that into my cart to make my signature red pepper roast this weekend. The kids were restless but I don’t blame them. I remember getting out of school when I was a kid. Back then I wanted nothing more than to get outside and run around playing.
After we finished up at Sam’s I dropped by Walmart. I was in need of a new glue gun and I knew that they would have a good one there. I found exactly what I needed and we took off for home to put my groceries away. I ran the groceries in as fast as I could and grabbed our cookie basket and GE light bulbs we were going to donate as I walked out the door. I knew exactly where Bethany Christian Services was so I was planning to just drive straight there and make it before their offices closed. My littlest one had other plans though, he needed a diaper change and had pulled his shoe laces completely out. After I got him situated we took off to drop off our donation.
We pulled up to Bethany Christian Services and drove up to the offices. My children were pretty excited about the whole thing and could not hardly wait to give the basket away. We were getting out of our van when I suddenly noticed that there were quite a few people with briefcases walking out. I stopped a woman and asked her if they were closed and she said that they had just closed up. She must have noticed that we were on a mission because she asked what we needed. I told her we had a small donation to make. Just as I said that another man walked out and he smiled to us. He asked what we needed and the woman asked if he could leave our donation at the front desk. The woman left and he got to talking to me and the kids.
I quickly told the man about our donation and how we wanted to inspire others to take on their own simple service project. Even just a small donation can make a big difference. I found out during our chat that he worked in donations for Bethany Christian Services. How cool is that! It was simply by chance that we encountered him but I feel like God was really in control with this one.
My daughter handed Mr. Knibb the gift basket of cookies and GE energy saving light bulbs. He thanked the kids and I and then he shared with us that some of his children were in fact adopted through BCS. As we were driving away my children said that they wished we could do that more often. I think we will be. This project blessed our hearts and left us feeling good about the world. I feel like even in small ways we can make a change.
|The kids handing GE light bulbs and a cookie basket to Peter D. Knibbe (Vice President of Donor Engagement)|
If you are looking for some energy saving tips for your family please check HERE.You can participate in the GE challenge and then submit a nomination of a school or charity to win a $100 WM gift card at http://www.championsforkids.org/gechallenge
I hope that in some way we have inspired you to do your own donation project. Maybe you could donate some light bulbs. Make sure you do not forget to report back to Champions for Kids about your own SIMPLE Service Projects.
As part of my partnership with GE, I received coupons for my GE light bulbs. All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own. I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ Champions for Kids and GE Lighting #CBias #SocialFabric