Welcome to News Roundup, a new feature on the Feed the Children blog. Every two weeks we’ll be sharing short updates on our work throughout the organization and among our many corporate and non-profit partners. Enjoy and be inspired!
As we enter this season of giving and joy, you have an opportunity to support children around the world and close to home. Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday—please stand with us to help end child hunger once and for all. Visit www.crowdrise.com/feedthechildren-tower and make your donation, then share this opportunity with your friends on social media and ask them to join you.
It’s fast and easy, and each of our small actions will combine to make a big impact.
Young Heroes for Hunger
Check out these heroes from Henryetta Nazarene and Henryetta First Baptist Church! They raised a staggering $12,000 this year to help feed children around the world. Leave a comment on our Facebook page giving a round of applause to these students doing their part to defeat hunger.
Halting Disease in Honduras
October was the second annual deworming and Vitamin-A supplementation campaign in Honduras. Almost 350 children in communities we serve received the medication, which is given twice a year. Vitamin-A deficiency is a major contributor to mortality in children under 5. Improving the vitamin-A status through supplementation enhances their resistance to disease and can reduce mortality from all causes by 23%.
Hope for the Orphan
Earlier this month was Orphan Sunday in congregations across the United States, and the official launch of Feed the Children’s Foster Hope, a program in which churches provide backpacks to children in foster care in their communities.
When children are removed from their home and placed with a foster family, they often come with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing. Congregations got involved with Foster Hope by giving both financial resources and time. It costs just $20 to sponsor each backpack, which contains a coloring book and crayons, a spiral notebook, shampoo, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste and a teddy bear. Supplies are shipped directly to churches, so members of your congregation can roll up their sleeves and fill the backpacks, pray for the children who will receive them, and deliver them to a local foster-care agency. For an additional $5, a 50” x 60” fleece blanket is also available to be given to each child. To learn more, check out our recent blog post or check out our video.
Soldiers Helping Soldiers
While most of Fort Bragg was off for Veterans Day, the Soldier Support Center was humming with activity as volunteers doled out 45,000 pounds of food to 800 military families in need. The efforts were part of Feed the Children’s Homefront Harvest Initiative, in partnership with the USO of North Carolina and Food Lion. Similar events also took place at Cherry Point IPAC and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
The families were identified by unit chaplains. Chaplain Maj. Colt Randles of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, said Fort Bragg’s chaplains know all too well the struggles of military families.
He said he was heartened by the generosity on display Wednesday. “This is good for the heart,” Randles said. “It’s kind of a big effort.” Roughly 100 soldiers, mostly from chaplains’ offices, volunteered to help with the effort.
Concord Hospitality Battles the Beaches… and Child Hunger
Concord Hospitality, a Feed the Children partner, is presenting Battle to the Beaches, a virtual race benefiting Feed the Children. It’s a friendly competition in which employees and friends of Concord will run a full marathon over the course of a week… all while raising money to help hungry kids.
The objective of the Battle to the Beaches virtual race is to engage employees in a corporate wellness program that will raise funds to support Feed the Children activities that take place on Concord Share Days, a company-wide volunteer event. Concord employees and guests are invited to walk or run their way around Concord hotels located on the beaches of Florida as they battle it out to see which hotel has the most participation and can raise the most funds.
To learn more about this initiative or to support the effort, visit https://makeyeshappen.com/battletothebeaches.