Stop Hunger Now

There are few things in life more empowering than helping others. On a recent Saturday the members of our church joined together to help more than 45-thousand children.

That’s a lot of kids.

We partnered with the group Stop Hunger Now to package 45,144 nutritious meals of rice and soy packed with vitamins and minerals to be sent to the poor and starving in developing countries throughout the world. More than 100 people gathered at our Fellowship Hall to make a difference. The money needed to purchase the meals came from our congregation, enabling even more people to be part of the project.

What heartened me was to see families — mom, dad and kids — walk in united in spirit and purpose. They arose early on a Saturday and eschewed a lazy morning with computers and television shows to dedicate a few hours to those less fortunate than themselves.

In addition to the meals that were packaged and boxed to be shipped overseas, Stop Hunger Now is providing 26 portable water filters to people in those countries. That means that 6,500 people will have clean water for 10 years. If that’s not making a difference, I don’t know what is.

According to statistics from Volunteering in America, 25% of U.S. residents volunteer, providing 7.9 billion hours of service each year. Good numbers for sure, but I’d argue that we can do better. Only 1/4 of Americans volunteer? Come on. The amount of time we spend curled up with our smartphones could easily but cut in half in favor of giving back.

At this point, my kids are too young to take part in these kinds of activities. They would have spilled more rice on the floor than would have ever gotten into a bag. All you have to do is watch them eat or drink to know that. Someday soon, however, my wife and I plan to imbue them with a sense of volunteerism and why it matters. For me, that’s one of the best things about making church a major part of our lives. With a committed goal of improving the lives of others, a church family brings together like-minded people with altruism as a priority.

For instance, our church put out a call a few months back for a group of people to help build a house through Habitat for Humanity. Even though I can barely tell a claw hammer from a crab claw, I immediately signed up. For me, this was the elixir to satisfy my thirst for making a difference. Maybe it’s that I’m in my 40’s and I see a world bigger than myself and want to leave a tiny, nearly indistinguishable mark on it. More likely is that I, like most others, feel better about myself and my world when working in unison with my fellow man to better someone’s life.

What’s my point of sharing all this? First, if you want to donate to Stop Hunger Now, here’s their wbsite — http://www.stophungernow.org/. Second, if you are so inclined, get motivated and get involved. You don’t need to belong to a church to volunteer. There are a myriad of opportunities in your community. There’s a charity for almost every cause under the sun. All you have to do is have the desire and the time to stand up and be counted.

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