Giving A Birthday To The Less Fortunate

Maltby Food Bank has a great program that helps many homeless in need. A special opportunity at this food bank is collecting birthday bags.

“Birthday Bag” is a kit for needy children ages 1 – 12. The kit includes everything needed to hold a birthday party from decorative plates, napkins, balloons, cake mix, frosting, candles, put together in a birthday-themed gift bag.   Every child desires a birthday party no matter what situation they were born into. If you want to include a gift too, here is a link to some birthday gift ideas.

Birthday Bags can be dropped off at the Maltby Food Bank on Tuesdays or Thursday mornings. They accept donations Tuesdays 10:00 – 1:00 and Thursday 9 – 12:00.

All the items are available at the dollar store. Total cost between $8-10 plus whatever gift you want to include.

Food Bank Drive


Today’s 4H challenge is to set up a food drive but instead of setting one up we participated in an existing one. A great food drive that is on going is for Mill Creek Community Food Bank at our local church.

If you missed the 4H photo contest challenge, check out my earlier post that includes a link to each post as well as more information about the $10,000 scholarship offered by 4H.

The Activity

North Creek Presbyterian Church has a wagon in their lobby that collects donated food. Then volunteers from the food bank pick up the donations.

Hope Creek Foundation supports Mill Creek Community Food Bank by hosting them on one of their properties. Families and singles in need can stop by the food bank every Thursday from 4 -7pm.

The food bank is currently in need of:

  • Pasta sauce
  • jelly
  • baked beans
  • canned meats (other than tuna)
  • sugar
  • oil
  • cereal
  • pancake mix
  • syrup
  • fruit juices
  • coffee
  • toilet paper
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • bar soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • diapers
  • baby wipes

Though I feel like they are always asking for peanut butter but it isn’t on the list. I included peanut butter anyways.

Why donate to charities? I donate for a couple reasons. Partly to show my children the joy of giving. I feel you have to be a good example. Kids are always watching (or listening). Also, I want them to be appreciative of their life, things and family.


We dropped off the food for the Mill Creek Food Bank at our local church today. My oldest was at school but my almost 2 year old was eager to help.

She was ready to walk away with it once we added the food to the wagon. I convinced her to leave the wagon where it was.

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