First of all, I'm going to apologize because NONE of the photos I intended to use came out right. So, because I like a high ratio of photos to text, I will make this post short--and possibly sweet.
These three unrelated things happened today:
2. The San Antonio Food Bank succeeded in raising 1 million pounds of food in one month.
3. I saw the infographic below.
(to view, click on this link, not the graphic)
It'll make more sense if you read it yourself, but basically the graphic compares the amount of calories consumed per person per day and the percentage of income required to purchase each day's food in 40 countries. I don't want to be accused of hyperbole, so let's just say the imbalance is staggering.
Makes you wanna do something, doesn't it? In recent posts, I've suggested possible alternative gifts for this holiday season: giving goats, micro-loans, life-saving surgeries and even spare change. If none of those intrigue you, here's another one: (see, I keep trying!)
When my children were younger, we got together with another family one afternoon and baked tons of cute gingerbread cutout cookies, threaded them with ribbon and then took them all over the neighborhood "trading" the homemade ornaments for a donation of non-perishable food for the Food Bank. They got a wagonload!
The kids had a fun and busy day (and maybe learned something), the Food Bank got a big donation, the neighbors got a great-smelling decoration, and we moms got...well, a kitchen that was pretty much destroyed. But it was worth it. I think we ordered pizza that night.
If you think somebody you know might like to "borrow" this idea, pass it on.
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