My husband and I have volunteered at our church in various aspects over the past decade. My husband is very involved in the Out Reach Program helping people in our community. Cutting down trees, trimming shrubs, painting homes, moving furniture, carrying in groceries . . . basically whatever needs to be done for people who call into our church and need assistance. Around the holidays, our church is called upon to help many families in our community who are needy. Each Thanksgiving we ask for donations of food for the food kitchen and we package up a lovely bag of groceries so families can celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. My husband passes out the turkeys and carry bags of groceries.
Each Christmas season, our church is called upon for the same food drive but also in a larger capacity. We accept families who need assistance and ensure these wonderful families can celebrate a Christmas they otherwise would be unable to do. My husband and I have always bought food for the food kitchen and every year our children pick paper ornaments off the church tree so we could purchase gifts for the families in need.
I want my children to understand that there are families who are not as fortunate as we are. I want my children to comprehend that not all children have food in their cupboards and pantries whenever they open the door. I want my children to learn to help those in need, as the bible teaches us. I want my children to have empathy and compassion. It is important to my husband and I, that our children have an understanding and a heart for compassion. In this crazy mixed up world there are few things that don’t come with a price. Being nice and showing someone you care is something that is free to give and most of the times free to receive.
Last year we had the most wonderful day handing our ZhuZhu pets to families at our church. This was a family affair and my children had a great time giving a ZhuZhu to a child in need. All the families are so amazing and it really was a great experience to have a little chat with each family that came in to collect their food bags, turkeys, gifts and a surprise ZhuZhu.
This year I was really hoping that Cepia would once again have the Random Acts of Zhu. I was so overjoyed to have the opportunity to put my name in the hat and even more overjoyed to be chosen once again. When I spoke with the head of the Out Reach Program to confirm with her we were indeed getting more ZhuZhu's this year she was so ecstatic! She had been asking me for the past month if I knew yet.