We tell people we love them. We tell people that we are grateful for lots and lots of stuff. We say that we want to make the world better. We say we want to take care of people “at home.” We say we want to give today’s children a solid future.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s great to say these things. However, it’s not always the thought that counts.
Here in the US, today is Thanksgiving. Everyone is posting pictures of their delectable feasts. And that is fine. As it should be. However, what I think about every Thanksgiving, as I eat myself into oblivion and end up in a blissful tryptophan coma, is the fact that there are a lot of people in our own country (and maybe in your own city or town) who would be astonished at our gluttony. Most especially I am thinking about kids who are going to school hungry and who are going to bed hungry. I find myself wondering about how they absorb the fact that they are hungry while other people are eating to the point of being sick just because, well, they can. How can you make peace with an empty tummy when there are so many people overstuffing themselves?
That is why this year I am raising funds for No Kid Hungry.
You might be interested in seeing some statistics that truly illustrate the problem of childhood hunger in the US. You can view them all here, but I grabbed some for you anyway.
• There are 16 million kids struggling with hunger in this country
• 1 in 5 US kids don’t get the nourishment they need to perform well in school
• Childhood hunger can exist anywhere. Although it is most common in cities, kids anywhere can live in low-income families who just simply don’t have enough to provide food.
• You can’t tell a kid is hungry by looking at them. A child may look like his or her classmates. Hunger is easy to hide, but it may reveal itself through an inability to concentrate or even misbehavior
Helping these kids is super easy
Here is why I love No Kid Hungry. They make it super extremely easy to help these hungry kids.
As you sit with your family and friends, think about these two ways to help.
- The Food Network is running a fundraiser till Monday, November 30th. Are you planning on doing any more baking? Maybe that first batch of holiday cookies is on the agenda. Well, all you have to do is post a picture (you probably would have anyway) and hashtag it #bakeitforward. Every time this happens a dollar will be donated to No Kid Hungry. Guess what? A dollar can provide ten meals for children. It matters.
- You can visit my fundraising page and donate. Every little bit helps. $5, $10 – that’s awesome. Give up a Starbucks while you’re out Black Friday shopping and send that money to my fundraising page. My team is trying to raise $100,000 by Giving Tuesday. I think we can do it, but we need your help.
Let me reiterate – every little bit helps.
So, definitely indulge today and for the rest of the weekend. Enjoy your family and friends and fill that belly with everything good. But I highly encourage you to take just a minute – really, just a minute – and donate to No Kid Hungry. When a dollar can provide ten meals, what do you have to lose?