Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Power of Peanut Butter

By Ellery Adams

I've officially unplugged for the second half of June in order to spend some quality time with the family and to have a few adventures. One of these adventures occurred close to home and involved lots of peanut butter.

After church one Sunday, the members of the congregation were given fortune cookies. Inside each cookie was a mission. Mine was to find a new way to "spread love".

Sounds easy, right? Give someone a hug, pay a compliment, call an old friend, be kind to a stranger. Nah, not good enough. None of those things were new. Besides, when I heard "spread" I immediately pictured my mom making me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Later that day, I heard a plea from our area food bank saying that they needed peanut butter because with school getting out, they had loads of kids to feed this summer.

The Food Bank's kid-friendly staple? You guessed it! Peanut butter sandwiches!

The universe was trying to tell me something and I did my best to listen. I sent out an email to everyone in our neighborhood asking for peanut butter and in two weeks, we collected 100 jars. This is what 100 jars of peanut butter looks like.

I got a big bonus from this experience. I met neighbors I hadn't met in the two years living here. And every time the doorbell rang, we'd all race to answer it, hoping to find a jar of peanut butter in our "PB Bucket" or a smiling face on our stoop. The second bonus? My kids got to tour the Food Bank and see how many people give of their time to feed our area hungry.

What about you? Have you done something to spread love lately?