Starting our 6th Day of Deliveries in Osceola
"I owe a special thank you to Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation for selecting me to receive a Little Farmer Toy Box," said Lauren, a day care provider in Osceola. "For a company to give back to a day care that their employees use, shows not only how much they care for their employees, but the communities they are in. It's really special what this company does."
We kicked off the sixth day of deliveries with a stop at a wonderful in home day care in Osceola. Lauren was nominated by her husband James, an employee of Iowa Select Farms. Lauren has dedicated her time and home to taking care of kiddos in the Osceola community and surrounding area.
Lauren, who truly understands the need for flexibility of farm hours, always makes it a priority for the families that attend her day care.
“My wife does an amazing job with the kids,” said James. “But she always goes a step further, she always takes into consideration what parents also need when it comes to caring for the kids she does, flexibility. Farming isn’t 9 – 5, and there have been some days she is up at 3:00 am to help out families. In our community, she is beloved because she not only gives parents peace of mind that their kids are safe and having fun but is very considerate of what else they may need, like a very early morning drop off. Our little communities really depend on people like my wife, and I am thankful Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation choose to share her story.”
We spent some time opening toys, reading books and showing all the learning materials the little farmer toy box provided to each day care. Day cares like Lauren’s pride themselves in being able to share the love of learning from the earliest of ages, and know it’s a vital part of the role they play in each and every child's life that walks through their door for day care.
“Education from the earliest ages has value.” said Ali Kraber, a representative of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. “Kids are constantly learning, creating and innovating in their own way. With the Little Farmer Toy Box, we took pride in selecting toys that helped foster creativity, get kids reading from the earliest of ages and give day care providers in our rural communities some helpful tools to help inspire the next generation of farmers.