StoryPoint of Rockford resident has a big heart for children

Kay Fricano, Volunteer Experience Specialist for Kids’ Food Basket and Beth Sturr, Life Enrichment Director of StoryPoint Memory Care & Assisted Living neighborhoods.

StoryPoint of Rockford residents gathered together August 10th to celebrate their friend and neighbor in recognition of his volunteerism for Kids’ Food Basket. StoryPoint is an active Senior Community that serves residents throughout all stages of their life journey. It is a community of people who believe in the motto, “Within the heart of each community, EVERYONE belongs.” Kids’ Food Basket is an organization that provides 6,000 children in the Grand Rapids area with a Sack Supper after school due to family low income and food insecurity. This gentleman, who prefers to humbly remain anonymous, has taken it upon himself to brighten these children’s Sack Supper bags with bright, positive and affirming artwork and messages and has done so on over 10,000 bags!

“He takes his role in encouraging and uplifting these children very seriously and has always had a heart for serving others,” said Beth Sturr, Life Enrichment Director of StoryPoint Memory Care & Assisted Living. “We are continually aware of how blessed each of us are and as a StoryPoint community we are always reaching out to our bigger community sharing love in tangible ways. Stepping out in kindness to others enriches everyone’s life who is involved and provides a deep sense of purpose and connection through whatever stage of life one is walking through.”

Decorating a bag is a beautifully simple act that can touch in ways that may never be known to anyone but the child. What a fun way to give back to others!

Kay Fricano, Volunteer Experience Specialist for Kids’ Food Basket, states that they serve 36 area schools, grades K through 5th grade with a meal as some children do not always know if they will have a healthy meal to come home to each day. Kay joined the celebration and presented a “10,000 Bags” certificate as well as a huge thank you to the StoryPoint resident.

“These donated bags represent the love and care that go into every bag we serve, which includes a healthy meal consisting of a protein, vegetable, fruit, grain and other healthy snacks,” Fricano went on to say. “Many of the children keep some of the bags because it makes them feel special, and some even hang them on their walls at home.”

Kids’ Food Basket has been serving meals in the Grand Rapids area for over 15 years and will soon celebrate the groundbreaking of their new facility on Leonard Street.  In addition, they now serve in Holland and Muskegon schools. Kids’ Food Basket fully relies on its volunteers to ensure the bags are completed and delivered to the schools each day for the children. For more information about the organization, you may go to:  www.kidsfoodbasket.org.