“Sometimes I get afraid because there’s nothing in the house to eat.”
That’s what 7-year-old Aiyden told me (names have been changed to protect the privacy of those we serve).
He also said, “When we don’t have food we’ll die and we can’t, we’ll be in the grave.”
Very serious words for one so young. The harsh reality of this family’s situation is stealing Aiyden’s childhood. He knows his mom used to have a good job, but was laid off. He knows she’s trying to find another one, but hasn’t yet.
“When Mommy’s not working, she don’t have a lot of money,” he says. “She told us she’s not able to buy a lot of food.”
“I run out of food lots of times,” says Aiyden’s mom, Shemika. “My children have went to bed hungry before.”
Shemika worries constantly about losing the car, the house — even about losing her boys because she struggles to provide for them.
Aiyden has found a way to help fill his empty, aching stomach:
“Sometimes when we run out of food he saves food from school and then he brings it home and he put it under his pillow so whenever we don’t eat at night, he eats it,” says big brother Andre, age 8.
But now the boys are out of school.
“The hardest thing about it is in the summertime…you have to think about having food for them for breakfast, for lunch, then dinnertime,” Shemika says.
Help a child like Aiyden
Children across America are going to bed hungry. Like Aiyden, the summer months are the hardest months — the hungry months — for millions of boys and girls. These children miss out on the free lunches and breakfasts at school.
Your gift today can provide a box of food and a box of essentials for a family in need here in our country. It’s just $38 for both boxes!
Please help today. Give a child like Aiyden a reason to smile.