By Lisa Arnwine
Have you encouraged your children to share their toys with their siblings or friends? As parents we want our children to be willing to give as well as to take. As our children grow older there are opportunities for them to give in a different way. There are also opportunities for us to set an example by giving of our time, talents and sometimes our financial resources for the benefit of others.
Through the years I have found that giving to others returns to me far more than I give. I have been blessed to have enough food to eat every day, more than adequate shelter, appropriate clothing for the season, the opportunity for an education and access to good medical care. Not everyone is so fortunate.
We all see pictures of children in third world countries who clearly do not have adequate food, shelter, medical care or opportunity. But what about here is our own community? Many children in Maury County go to bed hungry at night. Some schools in our county have 80% or more of their students receiving some form of food support. Food pantries in Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant and elsewhere are in need to food supplies on a regular basis.
What can you do to help? What can your children do to help? Perhaps your child can take some of their allowance money to purchase a jar of peanut butter or a box of oatmeal for a food pantry. Perhaps as a family you can help stock the shelves at the local food pantry. Perhaps your child can collect a can of vegetables from each house instead of candy at Halloween. Be creative in determining how to you can make a difference.
Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State” and our very favorite college football team is the Vols. There is an annual festival in Spring Hill called the “Pay It Forward” festival. We have traditions in Maury County. Let’s share the tradition by giving back to the community a bit of the blessing we have received. I know that your heart will be glad.