VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: “GIVING BACK IS IN OUR DNA. IT’S WHO WE ARE.”
Once a week, Christina Blunt drives to Moore Food & Resource Center (FRC), a program of the Regional Food Bank, and loads her truck full of boxes of food. Then, she delivers them to schools that participate in the Regional Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The backpacks provide children facing hunger with enough healthy food for a weekend.
“When you get out and visit the schools, you realize how much the kids rely on the backpacks,” Christina says. “The food really fills a gap for them.”
The importance of a good support system really hit home for Christina and her family a few years ago. Just after their third child was born, Christina was diagnosed with cancer and her husband lost his job. “Life can really be overwhelming sometimes,” she says. “It’s not just about having money, but having people who care.”
Christina’s cancer is in remission now, and her husband’s new job moved them to Moore. She connected with Moore FRC through her church, and has been delivering backpacks ever since.
“Sometimes I get notes from kids thanking me for bringing them food,” Christina says. “The backpacks mean security to them. It really matters that they don’t have to worry about where food will come from over a weekend.
“My family and I have been blessed,” she adds. “We volunteer at Moore FRC once a month, and I deliver backpacks to the schools, because we see our blessings and want to turn them around to help others. Giving back is in our DNA. It’s who we are.”