Last Tuesday, my kids and I traveled to New York City to attend a very special event hosted by Marty O’Gorman, the General Manager of Frigidaire, and Jennifer Garner. Frigidaire and the actress/mom/philanthropist have joined together in an effort to support Save the Children, an organization working to ensure that kids have access to healthy foods this holiday season and all year long.

The day was dedicated to kicking off “Set a Place at the Kids’ Table”, a virtual campaign designed to make sure every child in the United States has access to nutritious foods. To help drive awareness of the effort, Garner and O’Gorman gathered with Save the Children’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Mark Shriver, and invited a dozen kids to New York City to package boxes of nutritious snacks for children in need. 

I was very excited when Foodbuzz contacted me and asked if my kids and I would like to go. Heck, yeah! Our transportation was provided (so wonderful, since NYC is 90 miles away) and we arrived at the venue early in the afternoon where there was a lovely set up for lunch.

After some time for snacking and shmoozing…

…the kids were invited to paint their own plates.

Even though most of the kids there were younger than mine, my children had a great time.

When they were done, Jennifer Garner (who’d been busy with interviews for several hours that morning) came in to check out their work. I was struck by how incredibly sweet she was to the kids. She’s also incredibly gorgeous.

Next, there was a brief presentation from our hosts about the campaign (here’s Jennifer, Marty O’Gorman and Mark Shriver)…

…then it was time to get down to business. The task at hand was to pack 900 snack boxes for underprivileged children in an after school program in Kentucky. Everyone got a station and supplies for packing the boxes. My kids worked hard to get the job done.

In between packing boxes herself, Jennifer came around and spoke to each person there. She was unbelievably nice (and on a side note, she and my husband went to the same college and had some of the same friends, so we even chatted about that a bit).

It was a memorable day, and I’m grateful we had the opportunity to be there. Thanks to Foodbuzz and Frigidaire.com for making it happen. It was also great to meet some of the other bloggers there- Lisa, Kate, Ellen and Colleen and Jennifer- please check out their terrific sites.

How You Can Help

Please visit Frigidaire.com. When you set a place at the virtual kids’ table, Frigidaire will donate $1 to support Save the Children’s work to help children in need in the U.S., as part of their $500,000 commitment to this cause.  Plus, to help spread the word, everyone who participates will be entered for a chance to win a new Frigidaire Professional® Freestanding Range (the very same one as in the picture below).

 

4 Comments

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    Kristina @ spabettie — October 9, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    what a fun day… and it’s refreshing to see a celebrity act like a ‘normal person’, spending time with the kids and chatting with everyone :)

    that salad looks delicious… and those… crepes? blintzes? look phenomenal…

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    Pure2raw twins — October 9, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    Looks like a fun day!! Love seeing the smiling faces of the kids ; )

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