Each year around the holidays, we spend a morning together volunteering in our community. For the past few years we have taken part in the Chalmers Community Services Centre "Christmas Bags" program, and this year we decided to change it up a bit. Our team has grown so large now that there isn't quite enough room at CCSC for us and all the other volunteers. They packed 600 bags this year!
This year, our team had the opportunity to offer the staff, volunteers, and learners at Action Read a time of celebration and crafting - it was so nice to get to know some of the great people who serve in and are served by that organization. They are doing wonderful work for some pretty awesome people. Read more about what they are all about over here. We really enjyed hearing about their perspective on literacy, and the ways that they are using literacy as a way to help people lift themselves out of poverty and precarious situations. People helping people to help themselves is one of the things we look for in the organizations we support, and Action Read has that in spades.
Probably the biggest hit of the morning was the snack that one of our bookkeepers, Carly, brought to share. I don't know how many times one of us answered the questions "Who made the little pieces with the chocolate on top?" or "Who brought the container with the red lid?" It was definitely a popular item, and with good reason - it is delcious!
It's also, says Carly, really easy to make, so in case you're in need of a quick dessert, here is the recipe!
Do you take time out over the holiday season or throughout the year to get involved with organizations in your commiunity? Which ones do you love and how do you support them?