Teaching gratitude through giving

Lucy and Courtney Eiseman, volunteers with Temple Emanu-El, make boxes to help sort donated food at All Faiths Food Bank.

Lucy and Courtney Eiseman, volunteers with Temple Emanu-El, make boxes to help sort donated food at All Faiths Food Bank.

Research indicates that being grateful contributes to improved quality of life. It has a positive effect on everything from personal relationships to academic success.

And for parents, it's best to cultivate gratitude in children as early as possible beyond saying "thank you." Setting a concrete example is key.

All Faiths Food Bank welcomed young families from Temple Emanu-El who volunteered for an annual Thanksgiving season service project on Nov. 20.

About 70 volunteers — from preschoolers to parents — gathered at the community food bank to learn about hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, sort donated food and celebrate the Thanksgiving spirit by “giving back” to families in need in the community.

The efforts of the Temple Emanu-El volunteers ensured that 6,071 Thanksgiving meals would be provided to hungry people in the area.

“Temple Emanu-El is so grateful for the wonderful work of All Faiths Food Bank,” stated event chair Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman. “We love having the opportunity to support the food bank this time of year, and to introduce our children to the importance of helping others and easing the burden of hunger in our community. We are very proud of the strong partnership between Temple Emanu-El and All Faiths Food Bank,” she added.

All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank said, “Temple Emanu-El is a prime example of incredible kindness and generosity in our community. The fact that 70 volunteers attended on Sunday just shows how committed they are to supporting those people who may need help during the holiday season. We are so grateful to Rabbi Glickman and the members of Temple Emanu-El.”

Thanks to an engaged group of donors, investors and volunteers, All Faiths Food Bank provides more than 8 million pounds of food to the community in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. With 184 community partnerships, and deep relationships with county libraries, schools, transportation and health care organizations, All Faiths Food Bank’s mission is: "Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community."

For more information about All Faiths Food Bank, call 379-6333. For more information about Temple Emanu-El, call 371-2788.