Family takes spirit of giving to heart and assists pantry
BY BECKY GINOS
BOUNTIFUL—Like thousands of people from all over the world, the Stringfellow family decided to take the Light of the World challenge this Christmas season and serve locally by donating to the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
The program, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages people of all faiths to celebrate the life of Christ with acts of kindness “in 25 ways, over 25 days.” This year, the church gave suggestions for every day that coincided with a scripture. Dec. 21 was “For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat” (Matt. 25:35).
“My little family has been trying to watch each one (video) the night before and try to think of ways to do it,” said Bountiful resident Buffy Stringfellow. “Last night we were watching a clip and I remembered about pantry packs. My son mentioned that he knew some children who got those at school. We were having a family party and I thought that would be a good thing to do.”
Pantry Packs are provided to schoolchildren on Fridays who may not have enough food to eat over the weekend. The BCFP sends out more than 1,300 packs to 28 schools.
Stringfellow came to the pantry last Thursday to pick up shelf milk for the packs then purchased the remaining items to fill 75 with the intent of assembling them that evening at her family Christmas party.
“I had this idea and told my family ‘let’s do it,’” she said. “When we talked about it with our children they were really cute. They asked if they could donate some of their own money. It touched them more personally because the kids are their age. It gave them something to visualize and understand. We hear about problems but they’re so out of context. It’s a sobering thought for them to think, ‘there are kids like me who don’t have enough to eat.’”
The Stringfellows have been taking part in the Light the World campaign all through December. “There was one where it said to think of someone who annoys you and try to get along with them,” she said. “We decided to do that in our own home with their siblings. Another one was about being thirsty so we donated water to the pantry. The kids also tried to reach out and say hi to someone who might be lonely or sad that could maybe use a friend.”
Participating in the campaign has made Christmas a little more special this year said Stringfellow. “It showed them (my children) that we can have fun serving and helping other people,” she said. “We can be creative and serve in our own way. It helps us to look outside ourselves.”