“Mom, what are we doing next Saturday?” my 13 year old daughter asked. Is it just me, or does this question make every mother in the country a little nervous? Before I could get too worried, she finished with “I want to help pass out food to families at the Chandler CARE Center.” I love my kids! Of course, we scheduled our morning around this service opportunity.
I did a little homework and learned that the Chandler CARE Center was established in 1995 through the Chandler School District as a school based, community linked program that provides a number of community services, including:
- Well-child check ups
- Sports physicals
- TB tests
- Hearing and vision screenings
- Dental screenings, cleaning and fluoride varnishes
- Immunization clinics through the Chandler Regional Medical Center
- Mental health services through Southwest Behavioral Health
- Parenting classes
- School readiness classes and programs for pre-school children
- Food distributions
On the November Saturday we pulled past the Chandler Care Center (and around the block to find a parking spot) the line of those seeking assistance wound down the sidewalk. That wasn’t the only line we found; we stood in a surprisingly long line of volunteers to help families carry bags of food to their cars. Last year, over 250 volunteers served nearly 750 families at the Thanksgiving Assistance Day.
I’m so glad we could be a part of this year’s program! I’m grateful for children who are willing to get up early on a Saturday morning to help to those in need. I’m also grateful for those individuals, businesses and service organizations that spend countless hours running and financing the Chandler CARE Center to build a better community. If you would like to get involved, check out their Donation Wish List, Buy-A-Brick Program Campaign, or follow them on Facebook.
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