“Love in action” – That’s the motto behind one local family’s generosity. Naperville residents Kristin and David Wilson started “The Wilson Family Charity, kicking off with a weekend bake sale to end childhood hunger. The parents of five children ages two to ten wanted to give their kids a taste of what it’s like to help others.
“We really wanted our children to grow up thinking outside of themselves, thinking of people who are less fortunate than we are, finding opportunities to serve each other,” said Kristin.
The oldest daughter, 10-year old Kate, enjoys serving others. For the bake sale, she helped her mom prepare cakes.
“We really have a lot and so we should give to those that don’t have enough because they’re people,” said Kate. “They have needs and wants just like we do.”
Kristin says the benefit of the bake sale is actually three-fold.
“It benefits our family because we have found that it’s unified us as a group, working towards a common goal,” said Kristin.
“It benefits those in the community who have really felt uplifted to be able to get out and serve, and it helps those that we’re contributing the money to.”
That money has amounted to more than $2,000, all of which the Wilson family will donate to “Share Our “Strength”, a national not-for-profit focused on ending childhood hunger.
David says the Wilson family charity isn’t just about themselves lending a hand.
“We really hope that other people want to get involved,” said David. “The whole point of this isn’t just so that the Wilson family could go out and do these things but really so that we could get our communities involved.”
The Wilson family is planning several other events for the rest of the year, including a school supplies drive for needy children from July 15th to September 1st. To make a donation or get involved, visit www.wilsonfamilycharity.blogspot dot com.
Kevin Machak Reports
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