Photo Credit: Kelsey-Lynn Corradetti

After the rush of comments yesterday on the blog, I felt it was important to take some time today to make a note about the importance of community giving & volunteering during this time of year.

On November 21, 2013 I had the wonderful opportunity to give my time to Herb Campbell Public School in Caledon, Ontario where I spoke about the importance of healthy lunches to encourage mental and physical growth in the young children of my community.

It was an honor to be asked to speak at the school (thank you Katrien Mooney), and an even greater honor to see the shining faces of the children at the event. I’ve never seen so many kids dig into hummus, carrots, apples with yogurt dip, veggie wraps, and gluten-free cupcakes. All of the food we prepared disappeared in the blink of an eye. Kids truly long for good nutrition, and all we have to do as parents is show them the way.

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I encourage you to take some time today to think about ways you can give back to your community during this season. Can you visit a retirement home and volunteer your time? Can you take your kids to a soup kitchen and help serve lunch? Can you shovel the driveway for a neighbor, or take them some freshly baked holiday treats (how about Chicken Noodle Soup)? Can you hold the hand of someone who needs it? It doesn’t have to be something big – every little bit makes a difference.

In the words of late South African president Nelson Mandela – a great believer in volunteerism “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice ….. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

So where will you give your time during this beautiful holiday season?