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April 25, 2019


Nancy DeMere

Well said Allison.


Yes! Well said. Well done. Your boys are lucky to have you as an example.


I agree with you 100% which is why I give a monthly donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository which is a resource for food banks in the Chicago area. And I try to give a little something extra at holidays. You’re lucky you don’t live in one of those horrible places where, as soon as a child’s lunch money account runs out, they refuse to feed him. Or give a cold cheese sandwich instead of hot lunch. Not only depriving the child of food but making him an object of ridicule.

Jane Penrose

Thank you Allison. This is a beautiful post. You are a wonderful example for your children.
And the dance moves of both boys are epic!


This is a beautiful example to show your sons. I grew up without what I needed (like a functional winter coat in our Michigan winters). When I first started my periods, my mother would not get me the supplies. I had to use the money that I earned babysitting the neighbor's boy and ride my bike to the store and get it myself. One time, I was short of money because I forgot about the sales tax. The lady in line behind me paid the difference. I never forgot. This was at least 27 years ago, as I am now 40 years old. Once per quarter, I take a garbage bag - contractor size - filled with menstrual care products to the school nurse at my kids' K-8 public city school. We are in the largest district in the state, and some 75% of kids qualify for free or reduced lunch. I know that many families can't afford pads and tampons. I told the nurse to give them to any girl who needs them, including enough for the girls to take home over weekends or winter breaks. I buy them when they are on sale at the store, and toss them into the bag. When I visit their school, I give the bag to the nurse once a quarter. She also takes new pairs of socks and underwear as well as gently used sweatpants for kids who have accidents. It's a small gesture, but I know what it is like to worry about not having enough pads and bleeding through your clothes.

Beth L

Love this! One of the schools I worked in started the Friday backpack program and it was transformative for those families. Subtle, so the "poor kids" aren't ostracized, but the oldest sibling was always so proud to be carrying home groceries for the weekend.


Our Sons of Norway lodge collects food for one of the local school's weekend backpack program. There is talk in our state of having a free breakfast available to all the elementary kids, in their classroom so the kids don't have to arrive early. I was appalled at the negative comments on such a program. Hungry kids don't learn well, fed kids can be much better citizens.

Sue Kieft

This is one more reason why I will always buy from you💗💗💗


I used to forget to replenish our kids school lunch. So simple and yet easy to forget. Our health insurance premiums/deductible have gotten so out of hand the last 9 or so years we are often glad we don’t have kids at home any more. I find myself doing a lot more gifting/donating when I can. I love the suggestions. For years we have saved our change all year for the bell ringers and I collect toiletries for the local women’s shelter and to send if there is needs from hurricanes.

Adriene Cerani

I often say what you say - that in our family, we're lucky to be able to make choices about what to do, how to live... that many don't have.

And whatever one's political or social point of view, I think it's important to give to food banks or otherwise ensuring that people have food, so that hunger doesn't add to one's daily struggle.

Hats off to you!


This makes my heart soar! As a lunch lady, I witness food insecurity EVERY DAY. I am blessed enough to work in a school district that will feed all children regardless of their account balance. And we have a similar weekend food program in the district. God bless you for doing this!

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