Well, after one little Facebook post about our annual holiday food bags we received an unbelievable $1100 in donations - in just under two days! Sarah was so excited she ran out and bought extra goodies for all of the bags the night before we packed them. Even better than the money, so many friends showed up to help that we had more hands than work!
Past BCS teachers Megen Perkins, now teaching at Mater Christi School in Burlington, and Kesha Ram, now a VT State Rep, came to help. Several BCS Board members, current and past parents were there, and many BCS staff took time out of their work day to help out.
But the best surprise by far was the arrival of two alumni sisters, Chloe and Emma, with their mom Nikki. Though they both graduated and moved on from BCS years ago, their family has stayed in touch. When they read about the holiday bags, they decided to come into town and spend their afternoon helping out. When they arrived we spent some time chatting and catching up, then Nikki said the girls had something for us. Their family uses the "3 jar" allowance technique, so when the kids receive money they put aside some to spend, some to save, and some to donate to a local cause. Both girls had amassed a fair amount of funds to donate, and they decided they wanted to use them to contribute to the food bag cause.
We were speechless.
Needless to say, I cried.
We packed 20 bags with bread, eggs, butter, carrots, potatoes, beans, tortillas, cheese, pasta, clementines and homemade pumpkin or banana cranberry bread.
The previous week we included a survey in each weekend bag like we always do, but Sarah asked an additional multiple choice question.
I would cook more at home if I had a :
sharp knife peeler cutting board pot other (let us know)
Based on the responses, we included a new kitchen utensil for every bag recipient. We gave away spatulas, knives, potato mashers, and cheese graters, and one pasta pot!