11/6/2013 11:02:00 AM Half a
Million Meals and Counting
affiliate of Kids Against Hunger joined with Verde Valley Christian Church and
other community members Saturday to package 35,208 meals, which will be used
exclusively for VerdeValley
distribution in cooperation with the Yavapai Food Council. Saturday's event
gave the local KAH chapter 233,844 meals in 2013. Since its inception in April
2011, the organization has packaged 519,080 meals to combat local and global
hunger needs. For more pictures, go to our Facebook page!
Kids Against Hunger-Verde Valley reaches new milestone!
On Saturday, October 12th, Kids Against Hunger-Verde Valley partnered with Radiant Church to pack over 100,000 meals. "This is the largest packing event ever conducted by KAH-Verde Valley", stated Beth Cady, the Kids Against Hunger event coordinator. "With the hard work of all the volunteers involved, the event was very successful!"
Located in Surprise Arizona, Radiant church holds a "Second Saturday" event each month as part of it's REACH program. To watch a short video of the event, click on the following link. http://vimeo.com/76772351
When I think of what it means to be someone who makes an impact, I
think of several characteristics.I think of someone who listens, someone who is willing to invest time in
the lives of others, someone who puts others above themselves, and someone who
looks beyond barriers that separate cultures.There have been several people in my life personally that
have made a huge impact, however people that make the most impact are the ones
that aren’t necessarily even trying to.
Jesus was the ultimate leader.He made the ultimate impact. He spent time with people no
matter what, he listened, he gave, and he sacrificed.Because of the impact that Jesus had on people, they were
willing to “step up” and make a difference!
Mother Theresa had a huge impact on our world. She once said, "Be faithful in small things because it is in
them that your strength lies."She recognized that often times people don’t want to do the “little
things”, they want to do the big things so they can be acknowledged for what they’re
doing. But her strength, her impact, came from being faithful over time with
the small things.
Often times we find ourselves wondering
how we too can make an impact. How can we leave a legacy, or fingerprint on
this world?It’s simple, follow
this verse outlined in the Bible…it’s found in Micah 6:8,
“But he's already made it plain how
to live, what to do,what God is
looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to
your neighbor,be compassionate
and loyal in your love, And don't take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.”
Do those things. Do what is just and
fair. Be compassionate. Be loyal. Take God seriously. And be faithful in the
little things. If you do these things, your impact will reach far beyond what
you ever could possibly imagine.
That’s right, it’s one of the reasons I do what I do. A Dirt Cookie can remind us why we are seeing through this vision God gave us to feed starving children in Haiti and the hungry here locally.
What are dirt cookies? Well, think of this, you’re a mother in Haiti, you barely have a place to live, a few sticks, a tarp and cardboard held together, only a few clothes, rancid water and 4 or 5 children to feed, plus no money for food. What do you do as a mother?
You scrape together some of the clay off the ground, add some oil or salt if you have some and then you shape them into flattened discs and bake them in the sun. They are hard and bitter tasting. You give them to your children, not because they taste good or because they have any nutritional value, but it is the only “something” you have to fill their stomachs.
Hunger is a true reality in Haiti – one of the poorest third world countries. We can change this. Will you help us?