Kara Goodwin is the mother of Hayden (11) and Layla (8). After years of working in the corporate world, she became a full-time mom and her family moved to Bologna, Italy. Recently, they transitioned to life back in the US and Kara is currently a meditation teacher and co-host of a podcast called “The Meditation Conversation” with a friend from Sweden.
How did you hear about The Patachou Foundation?
I heard about The Patachou Foundation from seeing some written material about it while eating at Café Patachou. It caught my attention because I have a deep interest in holistic health and the role of nutrition in our wellness. I was touched to see Patachou taking a larger role in this arena to provide nutritious food to children in local areas with great need, and I knew I wanted to be involved.
What do you love most volunteering with The Patachou Foundation?
My favorite thing about volunteering is the developing relationship with the children and school staff members. I love seeing how proud the coach is of her athletes and hearing them tell me about how their last game went. I love when the tutoring teacher gushes about how smart her students are while they pretend not to notice what she is saying. I also love the generosity of the kids who want to help out. And, of course, I love seeing every smiling face as they ask if they can have seconds (or thirds)!
Do you have a favorite memory or story from serving scratch-made meals to kids?
My favorite memory might not be a great story, but there is a little girl who I see most of the time when I volunteer. One day, instead of sitting down she came and stood in front of me. I said hello and was trying to anticipate what she might need, and she gave me a shy little wave and then went to sit down. I realized that she is very shy but recognized me and just wanted to say hi in her timid but outward way. It was a little thing, but I found it very sweet and even courageous considering her timidness.
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