#GivingTuesday – A Special Day for #NoKidHungry

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As we come out of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is easy to lose ourselves in the commercial gorging known as Christmas.  It’s the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (or at the very least, my favorite in the second half of the year).  Christmas is commercial.  Thanksgiving is about feeding the people you love.  With that in mind, I’m sharing this with all of you in hopes it will catch your eye.  Today is Giving Tuesday, a special fundraising day for No Kid Hungry.  And this year, the amazing people at Hickory Farms are matching donations TODAY.

No Kid Hungry connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.  This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. NKH is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive.

Every dollar you donate will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals. And with the matching gift from Hickory Farms, that’s 20 meals for every dollar.  If the number doesn’t do it for you, then imagine you have a dollar, and there are 20 hungry children looking at you for help.  And with just that one dollar, you can take care of them.  If that isn’t a powerful image, then imagine feeding one hundred with a five dollar bill.  Or 400 with a twenty.  It doesn’t take much for you to change someone’s life.

If you have children, seen children or have ever been children, you know that there are many things kids cannot do for themselves.  Overcoming hunger is at the top of that list.  Please consider visiting No Kid Hungry today and making a donation of any amount to help reach the $50,000 goal.

#GivingTuesday – Help Us End Childhood Hunger

It’s been a crazy busy year around these parts, as you may have noticed from the lack of posts.  Sorry.  I’ll try to do better.  Scout’s honor.

Looking back on the year, though, there is no question that the highlight was the great SHRM Kickball event in June.  A great game, a great time, and a lot of great people working for a great cause.  If you were part of that, thank you.  If you haven’t seen it, check out the recap here.

We raised over $11,000 with that event.  That translates to 110,000 meals provided for children without ready access to food.  My partner for that event, the effervescent Brew, put it best.

“Imagine there is a line of 100,000 kids outside.  All of them hungry.  Now imagine we get to make them all lunch.”

That’s pretty powerful, and I get chills every time I think about it.  As a parent, it’s tough to not be moved by that kind of image.  I think we all felt pretty great about what we accomplished.

But then he put it all right back into perspective.

“Now imagine that line is actually 16 million kids.  And even if you could make them all lunch, they will all be hungry again tonight.”

I am thankful for that image as well.  It’s a reminder that we as a society still have a lot of work to do.

Thankfully there are organizations like No Kid Hungry that are helping to solve this problem.  And they have partners like Dovetail Software and Dice.com who step up to assist.

So look back, if you will, at the Thanksgiving dinner (or two) that just passed.  Think about the warm feelings of being with family and celebration of the season.  That’s a gift that no one should be denied, but far too many of the children in this nation don’t have that same experience.  Let’s get back to work on that.  This year, after the mayhem and, yes, violence of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we welcome in Giving Tuesday.  A chance to help out someone who cannot help themselves, as well as cleanse your karma a little for any misdeeds over the weekend.

Right now you can visit the Giving Tuesday page at No Kid Hungry.  Tyson Foods has generously stepped up to match all donations today, meaning each dollar provides twenty meals.  Twenty.  For a buck.  That’s two hundred meals for ten dollars.  I saw someone get tasered in a mall for less that that this weekend.

Please take a moment to help spread the word, and add a dollar or two to the basket if you can spare it.  Even if you don’t have money to give (and not everyone does), you can visit the Thunderclap page to sign up for free and help spread the word.  

The gift you give will be far better than anything you could buy in a store.  That I can promise you.

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