ST. PETERSBURG - Carol Albrecht is grocery shopping. The unemployed mother of two can take whatever she wants - at no charge - thanks to The Kind Mouse, a non-profit charity- run out of Gina Wilkins St. Petersburg house. "The Kind Mouse Productions is a 501 C3 founded two years ago after the fall of the economy. We assist local families in transition and their chronically hungry children," Wilkins said.
"She filled my trunk with canned goods, bread, potatoes, even a turkey, and I left so humble and so thankful because I had no idea where I was going to get our next bag of groceries," Carol said.
Carol says 90 percent of what she's feeding her boys right now comes from The Kind Mouse's closet.
"Oh my goodness, that a huge burden lifted. I'm a single parent. I am worried about how I'm going to pay my electric bill, my water bill, my rent. I'm worried about everything, but I'm not worried about food and that's huge."
Carol knew about The Kind Mouse because she used to volunteer here, helping pack weekend lunch bags for some of the 7,000 chronically hungry students in Pinellas County.
Each week, The Kind Mouse fills these bags with at least 12 food items the kids can take home on Friday.
"Every week a child is given a bag from their counselors at the schools so they'll have food to hold them over for the weekends. The schools pick out the hungriest of the hungriest."
The food is donated during food drives or purchased with funds raised at events. And as Carol leaves with arms full of food, her mission now is to take action for others, spreading the word about this amazing non-profit that doesn't want any child or family in the Tampa Bay area to go to bed on an empty stomach.
For more information:
- The Kind Mouse
- Gina Wilkins
Come to the Mouseqerade:
- Friday October 11, 2013, 7 pm to 11pm
- Ricky P's Orleans Bistro
- 113 Central Avenue
- St. Petersburg, Fla. 33705
- (727) 821-4061