The 12 Days of a Scout Christmas has become one of our favorite traditions on the Voice of Scouting, and we hope you will visit every day, beginning Friday, Dec 14, to find inspiring Christmas messages based on doing a good turn daily. On the seventh day of Christmas, we would like to share with you ways you can do a good turn by being a volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen.

Volunteer and Feed the Hungry

During the holidays, we often celebrate with bountiful spreads of festive foods and feast til we’re full. However, there are many people in all of our communities who don’t have this luxury and often go hungry, even on Christmas. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat. In fact, more than 46 million people turn to the Feeding America network, a national food bank system, each year for extra support. As a family or a Scout unit, you can make a difference in these individuals and families’ lives this year. 

Serve at a Food Bank or Soup Kitchen

It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with millions of other food bank volunteers, your time makes a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. 

Here are a few ways to get started: 

Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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