“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Earlier this year, Food Bank of the Rockies had the pleasure of meeting young Hannah. This thoughtful five-year-old, barely taller than one of our food barrels, saved her allowance and brought in $12 to share with hungry kids. We gave her a tour, took her photo and let her know the $12 dollars she gave would provide 48 meals for kids in need. And we thanked her, expressing our gratitude for her compassion and for her family, who encouraged her to share.
Each time I visit one of our programs or one of our partner agencies, it reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I can go to the grocery store and pick up the food I want, without thinking too much about the cost. The people waiting in line to put food on their tables don’t have that luxury. I’ve met many with health issues that drained their savings and ended their ability to make a living. I’ve met many more who work very hard, but still don’t make enough to cover the cost of necessities. I’ve met seniors, struggling on low fixed incomes. And I’ve heard stories of children, creatively finding ways to feed not only themselves, but also their siblings, even their parents, by bringing home other kid’s leftovers or stuffing ketchup packets in their pockets. We know Hannah’s gift makes a difference to them.
The food we’re able to distribute every day makes life a little more bearable for our hungry neighbors. We believe no one should go hungry and we are grateful for all our contributors. From Hannah’s $12 to the five and six-figure gifts from humanitarians and organizations that have the available means, every gift means an opportunity for these men, women and children to have something to eat.
This holiday season, we are thankful for everyone who contributed time, resources and funds towards our mission. We are grateful for parents who teach their children to share and to volunteer. We are humbled by those of you who give, even when you don’t have much abundance. We are blessed by those of you who have much to give and we’re glad you’ve chosen to help our mission. We are thankful for you all and will continue to use your gifts wisely. Together we can fight hunger!
Wishing you a joyful holiday season and many blessings in the New Year,