By Claire Neel

As we head into the holiday season, I find myself thinking about all that I am thankful for in life. My family, friends, health and home all top my list. This year, I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer my time and give back to my community.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer for one of the Celebration Foundation’s initiatives, Learning without Hunger. This program seeks to eliminate childhood hunger in Osceola County by providing elementary children with food bags during the school year. As a volunteer, I spent an afternoon at a local K-8 school packing food bags for children to take home for the following holiday week. From the moment I arrived, it was clear that the other volunteers and I all wanted to make an impactful difference in the time we had. After some organizing and the creation of an assembly line, we were able to make almost 200 bags full of nutritious food in just a few short hours.  It was a wonderful feeling knowing that the food bags we made went directly to children sitting just outside our packing room in the cafeteria. I look forward to my next opportunity to pack food bags for Learning without Hunger!