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I am So Grateful

Victoria Touring Second Harvest Heartland's Warehouse

Victoria Touring Second Harvest Heartland’s Warehouse

On Tuesday I took my daughter to Second Harvest Heartland so they could interview her about the $31.27 she saved (you can read their interview here).

I thought I knew the statistics about hunger in Minnesota.  I did not.  I told Marie our interviewer that I had explained to Victoria that 1 in 10 Minnesotans go hungry every day and that meant for every 10 people she counted in her class 1 could be hungry.  That’s when Marie took the opportunity to correct me.  She said at the school level the statistics increase to 1 in 6.

1 in 6! 1 in 6 children go hungry every day.  Not half a world way.  Not in a war torn country.  Here in Minnesota. In one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Right next door.  This is staggering.

In 2014 1,281,826 children under age 18 lived in Minnesota.  That means 213,368 go hungry every day in Minnesota. That number makes my heart hurt.

In my life I have struggled financially, but I have never been put in the position where I had to decide between putting a roof over my child’s head or food in her belly.  I am so grateful.

I am asking you to please help but giving to Second Harvest Heartland.  Even $1 can make a huge impact in the hands of Second Harvest. Please follow Victoria’s example and give what you can to help.  Here’s a link to Victoria’s Food and Fund Drive for Second Harvest.  Thank you for you help.  #NotInMyState

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A Giving Soul

1973 Feed The Hungry Loaf

1973 Feed The Hungry Loaf

How many of you remember these little bread loaves? When I was a kid we would get them from church and put our pennies in to feed the hungry.

Awhile back we were cleaning out my Grandmother’s house and we found an empty one that she saved for some reason (she saved a lot of WTF? things). On the back this loaf is dated 1973 – 43 years is a long time to hold onto a plastic loaf – I’m just sayin’.

When my daughter spotted it she asked me what it was and I explained it to her. She asked me if she could have it. No one else wanted it, so I said she could take it home. She put it on a shelf in her room and I really haven’t thought about it since. Until yesterday when she brought the loaf to me full of money. Not just pennies but folding money (yep that’s a $20 bill in that photo). She told me I had to bring it to the hungry people. She told me she even put the lucky penny she found in there so they could 31.27have some luck too.

I was stunned. And heck yeah I got choked up! I’ve written a post before about how she forces me to buy the food-shelf bags at the grocery store and our standoff over them on one fateful trip (you really should read it – click here), but that was her being caring with my money. This was something different.

My daughter doesn’t receive an allowance yet and she’s seven so she has no job. That means whenever her Papa or Uncle (the two biggest culprits-I’m sure it’s Papa’s $20) gave her money she squirreled it away, or at least part of it, in this bread loaf so she could give it away.

What amazed me even more is that we’ve booked a trip to Disney for this year that she’s been saving for too. Yet somehow she managed to fill this loaf. It was the most selfless thing I’ve ever seen anyone do.

In total she saved $31.27 to feed the hungry and I delivered it to Second Harvest Heartland as she instructed. I emptied it from the loaf so I can return the loaf to her, so she can start again.

Everyday, I fall deeper in love with the person she’s becoming.

I’m urging all of us to follow her example and give to the Second Harvest Heartland. I have set up a food drive called $31.27 with Second Harvest Heartland.  I’m challenging you all to match her donation. It’s such a small thing to do that makes a big difference. Show my daughter how much grown-ups care.

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Giving

Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp Out Hunger

With today being Stamp Out Hunger day in the United States it got me thinking about giving, what I want my daughter to learn about helping others, and the causes I feel passionate about. Wow, all that from a little blue bag? So powerful!

My daughter is 5-years-old and she is an amazingly generous soul. She is kind like a 5-year-old should not be, because all 5-years-olds that I have met are of the “mine, mine” variety. I’ve always known she was an old soul since the day she was born but every time I see her giving nature I am sure that this is not her souls first go round. Last week we ran to the grocery store to just pick up a couple things. Normally when we do the “big shop” I pick up the prepacked food shelf bag that my grocery store puts together to make giving easier. My daughter has seen this since the day she was born. We go to the store and we buy a bag and she knows that bag helps people who need it right now. I always tell her, “What if Mommy and Daddy lost their jobs and we needed a little help.”

But on this trip I was in a hurry. I grabbed my two things and headed for the register completely bypassing the food shelf bags. When I get to the register I realized my daughter was no longer trailing behind me. Yep, you guessed it, she was at the kiosk with the bags GLARING at me. I walked halfway back and said, “Come on we have to go.” She stubbornly stood her ground and with brows drawn together shouted, “What if Mommy and Daddy lost their job and needed a little help.”

Yep, she cut me down to size. Eyes from other patrons and grocery store employees turned to me like they were waiting for two gun slingers to draw.  But I know when I’m bested by a 5-year-old and she was right. This is what I had taught her and what I wanted to learn. I couldn’t get mad because she had learned the lesson so well.

Stamp Out Hunger

Our Stamp Out Hunger Donation – Walking the Walk!

I walked back to the kiosk and as we do on every trip I read her what was in each bag and let her pick which bag to buy. Sometimes it takes a 5-year-old to remind you to not just talk the talk but to walk the walk.

There are several causes I feel very passionate about. The first is making sure no one goes hungry. The second is making sure everyone learns to read. The third is making sure we honor our service men and women. And the fourth is supporting cancer research. There are other causes I believe in but these are the ones I will consistently give to without hesitation. I encourage each of you to find what move you to action. It might be clean water programs, LGBT programs, anti-bullying, homelessness – whatever your cause give generously, be it time, money, or what ever way you can help. Let’s show the world how we walk the walk!

If my causes move you below are links to websites where you can make a financial donation or learn how you can help these organizations.

Many blessings to you all!

~S

Second Harvest Heartland – On a mission to feed those in need.

Operation Gratitude – Say “Thank You” to our service men and women

Better World Books – Share your books to help literacy programs. They even pay the shipping!

Susan G Komen – Breast cancer research program I support and I don’t want any grief about it.

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