Mindfulness Amidst Holiday Busyness: A Proud Mother’s Note on Child’s Food Drive

Posted by Brittany Barbato on December 15th, 2015

Jessica, mother and owner of a local handmade toy store, and her 7-year-old daughter Layla remind us of the intangible gifts we can share this holiday season like kindness, compassion, gratitude and generosity:

 Thinking about the season ahead. The chaos. The busyness. The ‘My Christmas List’ attitude. As I considered ways to incorporate more kindness and mindfulness into our countdown — ways to teach friendship and love – during a trip through our local grocery store my 7-year-old, Layla, told me she wanted to give food to people in our neighborhood who may need some this holiday.

When we got home we logged onto Philabundance to find out what KINDS of food are really needed right now. She wrote down the list and decided she wanted to ask our friends, neighbors, Daddy’s coworkers and our community to help collect food donations.

I am so inspired by her willingness to take on a project and get the ball rolling and I am blown away by the care and compassion she expressed today. As we head into the month of December I am grateful to pause and breathe this in. Fully. And truly.

So grateful for these moments of presence as she shares the real gifts of the season.”

Little Girl Food Drive Letter

Layla writes a letter to encourage friends and family to join her food drive.

Layla adds: “I just don’t think people should be without food. Everyone should be able to eat good food. I want to help make sure everyone eats.”

As you continue your holiday shopping and preparations for the New Year, remember nearly 1 in 5 children in Pennsylvania are hungry and need your help.

Join Layla and Jessica in giving the gift of a meal.

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