Meet Kari and Ken, two of our amazing delivery driver volunteers who deliver lunches to children in schools across our city. When we asked Kari about her experience volunteering with BB4CK she shared this wonderful story:
“When I was a girl growing up in Winnipeg, my Mom worked at a hospital across the city, but my Dad worked nearby, at St. Boniface City Hall. Every day Dad would come home on his lunch hour, make a meal for my little sister and I, then drive us back to school. There was this kid in my class, Douglas.
He was the kind of boy my Dad would notice. He was the kind of boy my Dad would watch. “That kid,” he asked me one day, “what’s his name?” The next day when Dad came to pick me up for lunch, he got out of the car. He carried a brown paper bag to the spot near the doors where Douglas generally sat. He crouched down so he could be eye to eye, and he talked to Douglas while my sister and I waited, impatiently, in the car. Then he gave Douglas the brown paper bag. My Dad did that same thing on many days, for the rest of that school year. The next summer we moved to Calgary. I never saw Douglas again, but I haven’t forgotten him. I haven’t forgotten how important it was to my Dad that Douglas, a boy he didn’t really know, have a sandwich and an apple and a couple of home baked cookies.
When I learned about BB4CK, I knew it was a good fit for me. For nearly a year now my husband Ken and I have delivered Brown Bag lunches. It’s an opportunity to work as a team, and to spend time together. We’ve established a delivery routine, rituals of a sort. Ken has his tasks, and I have mine. We have fun, and occasionally we get to see a part of the city we’ve never been to. But in the end, BB4CK is about kids like Douglas.
I do believe it’s a wonderful world, and like my Dad, I realize there’s a lot of work to be done… and it’s not going to do itself.” – Kari Strutt