On Oct. 21, my elementary school kids brought home paper bags. They informed me boldly that these were ‘Share Bags’ that we needed to fill with cans or boxes of food (no broccoli!) for people who don’t have as much as we do.
I was instantly curious — who was it who had so effectively motivated my five and seven year olds to share?
"Bailee from Grade 3", they said, "she gave a talk in class and said some people don’t have enough food."
The Bailee they were talking about is Bailee Gill from École Robert Browning School. Although she is just seven, she has been volunteering at Winnipeg food banks with her mom Jen for some three years already, most recently at the Community of Hope food bank in Elmwood.
Bailee says she enjoys helping people and decided to do a food drive at her school because she knew that her friends would want to help too.
With the support of Principal Michelle Clarke, Bailee spoke with kids and handed out Share Bags in each classroom and, in just 10 days, more than 100 bags were brought back, filled with non-perishable food items.
Bailee, her family and the school have all been overwhelmed by the response.
"Bailee’s project has been a great reminder of the wonderful things that are possible when we pull together; every student carrying a Share Bag into school knew who it was for and why they were doing it." Mme. Clarke said.
Well done, Bailee!
I would be remiss if I didn’t suggest that the spirit of giving is strong in all our schools in Westwood. Some Westwood Collegiate students collected cans instead of candy this past Halloween in support of Winnipeg Harvest. They will be also be gathering items for food hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board in the coming weeks.
Families of Lincoln students will support their own food drive for Winnipeg Harvest in December, in addition to decorating ‘Trees of Warmth’. Friends and neighbours are invited to drop off donations of winter outerwear (boots, mitts, hats, ski pants, coats) through December. Items will be given to Koats for Kids or Siloam Mission.
Sharon Pfeifer is a community correspondent for Westwood. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org