The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. (JLNVB) will host the fifth annual Little Hands, Big Difference, which is aimed at teaching youth the benefits of volunteerism. The event, which supports the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore’s 18th annual Mayflower Marathon food drive held each November, will offer children between the ages of five and 13 with the opportunity to participate in volunteer events, as well as additional educational activities.
Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy® – a major partner of the Mayflower Marathon and long time supporter of the JLNVB and this volunteer event – has made a charitable grant that allowed the JLNVB to expand format of the event this year to reflect the event’s new theme, “Day of Gratitude”. Specifically, this year’s effort will significantly expand children’s exposure to giving and community service by allowing participants to give thanks by participating in a variety of tangible activities as well as give their time to an expanded number of new community service offerings.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Target wing of Pembroke Mall.
“This is a fun, interactive way for children to find small, yet effective ways to give back to their community,” said Lauren Kincade, co-coordinator of the event, “while also giving thanks for the blessings in their lives.”
Activities will include sorting food, assembling children’s toiletry kits for local domestic violence and homeless shelters, creating homemade gifts for loved ones, writing thank you cards and many other activities. The event will also offer nutritional lessons that families can utilize for their Thanksgiving Day meals, including an overview of label reading and an approved MyPlate portion sizes curriculum.
In addition to creating a volunteer event that involves children and adults, Little Hands, Big Difference will contribute to the greater success of the Mayflower Marathon initiative, which collects donations to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area.