Children learn to volunteer with The Packaged Good

Emory doctors expressed their gratitude for facemasks and thank-you notes given to them by The Packaged Good from children and their families who volunteer with this Dunwoody nonprofit. (Courtesy of The Packaged Good)

Credit: The Packaged Good

Credit: The Packaged Good

Dunwoody-based The Packaged Good was established by a widow, Sally Mundell, and her two young daughters to help them through their grieving process.

In 2013, her husband’s dying wish was that his daughters learn the importance of giving back and helping others.

Mundell and her daughters turned their grief into purpose by holding packing parties in their home to give back to those in need.

From the parties, The Packaged Good was formed to teach other children the value of giving back with a mission to create the next generation of empathetic, giving adults.

Before the pandemic with their parents, grandparents and siblings, children - as young as age 4 - came to the Dunwoody office to make care packages for those in need.

This past year, volunteers made more than 6,000 care packages and personalized colored notes with the nonprofit’s partner organization sinvolved in helping others in need.

Working around the pandemic, the nonprofit shifted to Packaged Good @ Home for children and their families to remain involved in helping others in need.

“We chose to cancel in-person events to ensure the safety of our community, but continue to inspire children and their families to give back by offering virtual and at-home projects,” said Ilana Tolk, a volunteer who serves on the nonprofit’s executive board.

Keeping the involvement active, a variety of activities were offered. Colored and personalized cards were given to first responders. Highlighting community heroes - a UPS driver, teacher, police officer and an ER doctor - children had the opportunity to listen to them and ask questions through a Zoom series.

Partnering with centers, charities, and families, cards were made for local nursing homes, additional care packages made for more than 3,500 at-risk students and lunches made for residents at Mary Hall Freedom House, the volunteer noted.

“Although we have had to pivot from in-person events, we have continued on our mission to deliver impact to the community while helping to create the next generation of Do-Gooders,” Tolk added.

Information: events@ThePackagedGood.org, Facebook.com/ThePackagedGood

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