You know what’s super fun about the event industry? The array of beautiful events, mixers, networkers and parties that fill up the calendar and show off the talents of those involved. The amount of “pretty” that goes on is really something else and I’m so fortunate to work alongside such talent! On the flip side though, it’s nice to give back, to be generous with our time and dollars, and to help those in need whose lives are so very far from the cocktail parties and high budget weddings we see every week. We love any excuse to get together with our wedding and event industry friends, but were especially excited when one group we’re a part of, Tuesdays Together, decided to gather a group of creative entrepreneurs and industry pros for an evening of packing 15,000 meals for needy children and families in our community.
This week we met at Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization whose mission is simple and pure: to empower and mobilize people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children. And that’s just what we did! Each table of about 10 people worked together assembly-line style to package a dried lentil casserole in airtight bags and box them for shipping. These bags of healthy meals will be distributed throughout our community to those in need, be it food banks, schools, churches, shelters, or families in crisis. The music was cranked up and we got busy, packaging 15,000 meals in less than an hour and a half. Since this was a family friendly event, I brought along my husband, Sam, and our older two children, Jack (4) and Saylor (6). Even the little ones were able to get hands-on by doing jobs like scooping dried veggies and weighing the packages before they were sealed. The kids took their tasks seriously and were proud to help! I had explained that some children go to bed hungry at night and the meals we packed would be a big blessing to them. I believe children have so much compassion and care for others, especially other kids, and they are able to start contributing and helping others very early in life. I was so glad to be able to share in this service project as a family, alongside some amazing industry pros who gladly give back to their community.
Here’s Jack scooping dried veggies. He was really into the hairnet and brought it home as a souvenier.
Photos courtesy of Amalie Orange, the fearless leader of Orlando’s Tuesdays Together group! Thanks, Amalie for all you do and for rallying the troops for this special event!
Looking for a way to get involved in the community this fall? Here are some other organizations in the Central Florida area to look into: