You Can’t Even Imagine The Shame A Parent Feels Who Is Unable to Feed Their Child…Unless You Have Been That Parent.
You have seen starving kids on TV, the cheekbones that protrude from their face and abdomens that are distended from starvation. You have seen their big round eyes. The pain that is displayed on their faces, but traveling to Africa or another 3rd world country is not needed to find starving children. They don’t exist just on TV. They live right here in Durham Region. Maybe not in your neighborhood, maybe you don’t often see them, but they live here among us, in our community, and these kids they need us, they need our help, so they too can sleep at night with a full belly—without suffer.
You, your business acquaintances, your entire organization are invited to sponsor an epic night of entertainment for a great cause!
Like many folks who live a normal middle-class lifestyle, I was blinded to the size and scope of childhood hunger. I watched those TV programs of starving children and said, “I’m glad I don’t live in a place like that.” I was a fool. I was ignorant. And I realized just how ignorant I was, when I read an article recently that mentioned 6 out of every 10 kids in the Durham School District receive some kind of meal assistance. Hungry students, it turns out, is a very big issue in our community. To what degree a child starves, makes no difference. Exposed ribs are not a requirement to be considered starved.
No child should go hungry!
As a parent, I can’t imagine what must it be like to tuck your munchkin in a night, to wrap a blanket around your son or daughter who says to you, “Mom, Dad, I’m hungry.” Or what it must be like to have say, “I’m sorry, we don’t have any food,” Or what it must be like to see the look in that child’s eyes who doesn’t understand. As a student, sure, meals are provided to these kids through various school programs, but what about when they go home? How could you possibly focus on school or, make school a priority, when you go to bed hungry each night?
After reading that article. Trying to put myself in that situation, and asking these questions. I decided to do something.
The next day I arranged a meeting with St Paul’s on the Hill Community food bank. I talked to the director, Margaret Jocz. I learned a lot. Margaret confirmed just how big of a problem this really was. I sat there. I listened. She told me stories about these incredible little kids. About mothers and fathers, and about what a single donation meant to them. That’s all it took. The next day my mind was made up. And after months of planning, thousands of man hours, working tirelessly to form the right partnerships and coming together with many local heroes in their own right.
Outdoor Movie Night For Hunger™ was born! (That was 5 years ago) — One night. One mission. To collect 6,000 LBS. of food to fill the shelves of our local food banks this year!
Can it be done? Can we, together, achieve this goal? Honestly, I don’t know. The only thing that I’m certain of is this. Neither you nor I can do it alone. All superheroes have teams. The Justice League. The Avengers. If we band together, I believe we can…
Please don’t sit this one out. We’re ALL counting on you.
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