Today I have driven nearly 68 kilometres, taking children to and from playdates, practices, and tryouts. School starts soon and they’re all antsy. My youngest is going into middle school and she’s anxious about everything—the new building, having a locker, going to different rooms for each class. On top of worrying about school, she’s also my one and only picky eater, and this week our primary chef (aka. Daddy) is away for work. So the last thing I want to do tonight is cook. I’m set on the last days of our summer together being warm and fuzzy, not a battle about what she tries to feed the dog when I’m not looking.

Enter Boston Pizza. She will be happy. I will be happy. And the best part is that we’re helping other kids.

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Right now—and all the way through October 2nd—you can purchase Boston Pizza Kids Cards for a minimum $5 donation to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects. Each one of those cards is worth five Free Kids Meals, a value of $35. That’s five nights of peaceful, fun dinners that my entire family will enjoy. If you register your card at MyBP online or using the MyBP app you’ll receive a 6th Kids Meal, FREE!

While we have a great dinner together, we will talk about the good that the Kids Cards create. We will talk about children who aren’t as fortunate. We will talk about how proceeds from Kids Cards allow the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects to work with charity partners across Canada including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kids Help Phone, Live Different, JDRF and The Rick Hansen Foundation.

My children know what diabetes looks like. I am a type 2 diabetic and my older children remember me giving myself insulin shots (several a day) when I was pregnant with the youngest two. We will talk about children who have type 1 diabetes and how their disease is different than mine. How those kids and their parents have to learn to manage insulin pumps, diets, activities, and low blood sugars. And how the proceeds from our Kids Card purchases can help the JDRF get closer to finding solutions.

For more than 25 years the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects (BPFFP) has worked with partner organizations to provide role models in local communities, finding brighter futures for children. Did you know that every$5 raised equates to one hour with a role model for a child in need? Boston Pizza provides more than 200,000 hours of guidance and inspiration through mentorship every single year. To date, more than $22 million dollars have been raised to help local kids in need by the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects

Tonight’s dinner will be fun and relaxing—and inspiring. And knowing we are helping a child have an even brighter future with Boston Pizza makes it taste even better.