Volunteer example

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April is National Volunteer Month, created by President Richard Nixon in 1974. I hadn't realized that I am part of that history by volunteering regularly for the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas for 27 years.

During 26 years teaching at Parish Episcopal School I connected with kids and colleagues who spearheaded the food bank's school volunteer program. I felt my fifth graders were hard workers and needed some real-world experience; but 10- and 11-year-olds in a warehouse with fork lifts and pallets of cans and boxes seemed risky to the NTFB in 1986. With promises, persuasion and lots of adult chaperones, we convinced the food bank to give us a trial.

We loved it! The NTFB loved us back!

The original fifth-grade volunteers are now parents. And Parish's current community service director has led a third generation of volunteerism to NTFB. (ntfb.org)

Working with Super Bowl XLV on SLANT 45 and on the Empty Bowls event, and sorting fresh produce at the newest NTFB distribution center has made me more aware of the nutritional needs of those struggling with hunger in our community.

We are a community of people helping each other. We should be all in!

-- Vicki Eastland,

Arlington

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