“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” ~Maya Angelou
It is no wonder that Maya Angelou has been called one of the great voices of contemporary literature. She knows a thing or two about life. After all, it is also she who said, “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”
As I go through this path of reconsidering my definition of success, I am finding fulfillment in paying it forward. Last month, among other ways of giving, I did a SIMPLE service project as part of the Champions for Kids which included creating a stocking filled with toys which was given to a child in need. This month, along Abbott Nutrition, we are “throwing something back” by tackling the serious issue of childhood hunger.
The truth is that while many of us would like to declare the recession over, too many people are still unable to make ends meet. Because financial struggles often make for uncomfortable discussions, too many of those in need are hiding it from their neighbors, their family and their friends. They may even be hiding it from you.
There are more than 17 million children in America who are at risk for hunger. That is a staggering number and it more than likely includes someone you know well.
These families living below the level of self-sufficiency are forced to make difficult choices each day. Do they buy healthy food or pay the bills? Do they go without food themselves so their children can eat? Do they fall behind on car or rent payments so they can buy food for their children?
This week I will be heading to Walmart to create a Snack Pack which I plan to donate to Philabundance. Philabundance is the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization whose goal is to make nutritious food accessible to everyone. They serve residents at risk of hunger and malnutrition, of which an incredible 23% are children. This week I will be heading to Walmart to create a Snack Pack which I plan to donate to the folks at Philabundance.
If you want to get involved with a SIMPLE service project, just go to http://championsforkids.org/simple/ for more information. Also, join us for the Abbott/Champions for Kids Twitter party on January 19th at 9:00 pm EST, using the hashtag #AbbottCFK.
I am proud to be working as one of the millions of Champions for Kids. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions and statements expressed in this post are authentically my own. #CBias #AbbottCFK