The little boy stands in the center of the dusty road, his vacant eyes looking far beyond the camera pointed at him. Flies buzz around his head. He is covered in a crust of dirt. His belly extends outward in ironic contrast to his bony arms and legs.
We’ve all seen the pictures.
We all feel sorry for him, and for the other children like him around the world.
And then I go to Burger King.
This weekend, our family is blessed with a chance to invest just a little of our time to make a huge difference.
FMSC mobilizes volunteers in the US to pack meals (Chicken, veggies, soy, rice!) specially developed for undernourished children, and then the organization ships the meal packs to partner feeding programs in nearly 70 countries. Pathway’s goal between now and Saturday is to pack 400,000 meals…double what we packed last year.
Our small group is coming together for a 2-hour shift on Saturday afternoon to do our part.
I’m not telling you about this to say “look what a great thing we’re doing” but instead hoping to inspire you to find ways to help within your community. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to make a difference to people who are in desperate need.
And while I’m on the soapbox…Operation Christmas Child is right around the corner too. I mentioned last year that Masha remembers receiving a shoebox of Christmas gifts, and now she’s in a position to fill them and send them out–to give back.
I really encourage you to find a collection center in your town, fill a shoebox, and send an orphan a little hope.
These are small things…a couple of hours, or a few bucks and a trip to the dollar store, but to the children who benefit from your effort, it means the world.
I’m not naive enough to think that I can change the world by myself…but I might just think that we could make a difference if we all did just a little bit.
How can you share hope with a child in need? Leave a comment…
*Video via Feed My Starving Children