Thursday, July 7, 2011

why KFB needs our help

I am in shock from these facts on the Kids' Food Basket website. If there is ever a doubt in your mind as to why you should help this month, read this:

*30,000 children in Kent County live in poverty
*the amount of children living in poverty jumped from 9% to 16% in six years in Kent County
*From 2000 to 2008, Grand Rapids had the largest spike in poverty among ANY US city at 8.9%
*The schools KFB serve have a population in which 80% or more of students live at or below the poverty line

If these kids don't have proper nutrition and well balanced meals, their brains will not develop properly. These children are our future, and the time to help them is now.

Again, this month I am asking for donations to KFB for my 24th birthday instead of presents. I will only be accepting (wrapped in pretty paper or unwrapped) granola bars, cracker packs, 100% fruit juice boxes, individual fruit cups, pudding cups and gelatin cups, peanut butter, 100% vitamin C dried fruit packs (.9 oz or similar), snack size zipper-lock bags, sandwich size zipper-lock bags, kids size toothbrushes, brown/white paper lunch sacks: 8 Lb. or extra large, healthy snack bags, plastic spoons, napkins, or individual serving size cereal.

Don't be alarmed, you can still donate to Kids' Food Basket even if you weren't planning on buying me a gift :) Click here to make a financial donation on their website. I will be touring KFB on Monday and I can't wait to tell you more about it and show you some pictures! Stay tuned, and in the meantime, say a prayer for those in Grand Rapids effected by today's shootings.

Be the change. Make the difference.

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