PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Four- year-old Luna Spradling and her mother, Brandan are spreading kindness by making sandwiches for the hungry and houseless in their Portland neighborhood.
Spradling says they started the simple, yet meaningful task more than a year and a half ago, and since then have made and delivered about 1,000 sandwiches to people in need.
“We just started in the area that we live here in City Center it just kind of was like we’re helping our neighborhood and giving back,” Spradling said. ” It just a fun activity for us because we get to connect in a way, while instilling some positivity in her knowing that it is a good thing to do.”
The mother-daughter duo says after COVID-19 hit, the two of them went from making sandwiches once a month to at least twice a week.
The simple act of kindness– dubbed ‘Luna’s Lunches’– is Spradling’s way of teaching her daughter the importance of giving back to the community and showing compassion.
“My parents taught my brother and I to be very giving and a lot of that was in terms of community service,” she said. “So it’s a pretty big family value to be able to teach her that aspect. It’s more about being able to show and give back… I think it fills us up more than it does them.”
The mother-daughter duo says making sandwiches is a small way they can help make a big difference in a time of need.
“How do you feel?” Spradling asked Luna after finishing making a dozen sandwiches.
Happy!” Luna responded with a smile.
The two of them hope to inspire others to find ways to give back to their community. Spradling says since they launched Luna’s Lunches several people have reached out to donate money and food, which they are more than grateful for.
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