More than 20 students and parents from the Grand Haven Area Public Schools Preschool Development program at Rosy Mound Elementary School toured and donated food for The Salvation Army.
Preschool teacher Michele Luna said she wanted her young students to know they can make a difference, no matter their age.
The Salvation Army's Capt. Sally Davis walked the visitors through the food pantry and chapel of the Grand Haven corps' headquarters. Students also used yellow and orange papers with Thanksgiving-themed stickers to create cards for Thanksgiving baskets the corps sends to local families.
“You don’t know how many people you’re helping,” Davis told the group.
For the past few weeks, Luna’s classes have discussed sharing and helping others. Recently, they looked at diversity and how everyone has the same basic needs, even though they look different on the outside.
Luna said seeing the donations and hearing stories of students asking parents about donating food means a lot to her.
“It touches my heart to know they are listening and wanting to help others,” she said.
Barrett Clark, 4, picked out canned green beans, corn and fruit with his mother during a recent shopping trip. Kara Clark said it gave her son a chance to think about the things he would put on his plate, and how he could pass that opportunity along to other families.
Grand Haven resident Jessica Spurr said Wednesday’s visit to The Salvation Army gave the children — including her 4-year-old daughter, Evelyn — a chance to better understand giving back to the community.
“I thought it was a great idea," Spurr said, "so they could learn that not everyone is as fortunate as them."