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The Baby Gang Gives Back to the Community

August 1st, 2018Stories

The Baby Gang is proof you are never too busy to give back to the community.

The family of six – who catapulted to fame a few years ago when their Mom vs. Triplets + Toddler! Video went viral – visited The Food Bank of Waterloo Region to sort food, tour the facilities and learn more about the impact we have on the community, as part of Catelli Pasta’s #FeedtheHope campaign.

The Feed the Hope campaign which was led by Catelli Pasta in partnership with multiple food banks across Canada was an initiative to donate 1 million portions of pasta to those in need.

For many families, it can be difficult to find the time to volunteer and although their lives are hectic, both Dan Gibson and Corrie Whyte recognize the importance of giving back to the community and teaching their four young children how easy (and fun) it is to make a difference.

“For us, visiting The Food Bank and sorting food was a great experience and a way to raise awareness and talk about it (food insecurity) in our community,” said Dan.

Dan’s passion for community involvement and being a positive influence was fueled by a childhood of adversity and challenges, although he does admit, becoming a father is a huge motivator to always remain positive, work hard and give back.

“It is important (to both Corrie and I) the kids have positive role models in their lives, people they can look up to, learn from and be inspired by,” he explained. “If they see Corrie and I doing something good, it sets the bar for where and how they can be involved as they get older.”

Although as an adult, Dan has never received food assistance, however, he does recall receiving food assistance growing up.

“There are so many people that struggle to provide food for their families and I couldn’t imagine not being able to provide for my family,” explained Dan. “The Food Bank is a huge contributor to our community and a great place to make a big difference. You don’t necessarily have to donate money, donating your time is just as important.”

While it may have been the Feed the Hope campaign that brought The Baby Gang to The Food Bank, they definitely learned a lot during their visit. “There are thousands of people and families in our own community that are struggling and it is crazy to think about it; you just never think these things are happening in your own backyard,” shares Dan.

The Baby Gang, along with family and friends sorted more than 4,000 pounds of food during their visit, which will provide food to the 1 in 20 households in Waterloo Region in need of food assistance.

If you are interested in getting involved, please visit our https://www.thefoodbank.ca/get-involved/.