There are many ways to spend a few hours of extra time, but several Air Force spouses have made it their mission not to waste a moment as they give back to the Wichita Falls community during their stay here.
“It’s nice to give something back,” says Isabella Makelaar, one of five women who currently meet each Thursday to put together PowerPak 4 Kids bags for local children in need.
Each bag is packed with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food so kids don’t have to skip meals on weekends when free or reduced-price school meals aren’t available.
Isabella says that while the group’s husbands are in pilot training, the wives collectively pack around 500 bags each week. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more bags than ever have been distributed to help offset the increased need for food among children in our community.
The group has been in existence for around 10 years, Isabella says, and though they’re only living in the area for a short time, they set out to make a positive impact on the community that welcomes them.
When their husbands finish training and their families move on, another group of spouses will replace them.
Thank you to this amazing group of women for your ongoing partnership and for the critical role you play in hunger relief throughout our community.