“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” Helen Keller
This quote from Helen Keller really resonated with me while I was taking pictures of these selfless ladies last Saturday!
Colorado Feeding Kids is a non-profit organization that helps feed malnourished kids in Colorado. If you’ve never heard of this organization, it is one to make yourself familiar with. Did you know that 14,400 children die each day from hunger or related disease? There are 1,000,000,000 people hungry around the world, 815,000 of those people residing in Colorado (2011). 1 in 7, or 14% of Coloradans worry about food. 23% of Colorado households report food hardships. You can change lives with this food. These statistics are crazy and I would have never known it was that bad even here in Colorado.*
Last weekend, an amazing chorus from Denver took a few hours out of their Saturday to help package over 21,000 meals. Skyline Chorus is a barbershop chorus of over 130 women. They are ranked in the top 5 choruses in the world and will be competing in St Louis at international this coming October. If you want to know more about this amazing group of women check them out here: https://skylinechorus.net/ OR follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skylinechorus/
On Saturday, June 2nd, the chorus met at the Colorado Feeding Kids warehouse in Denver to help. Not only did they package up over 21,000 bags of meals, but they laughed and sang while doing it. You can see the camaraderie within the chorus, and it was so nice giving back to the community.
Here are just a few comments from some of the members that were able to help:
“Many of us are mothers, and the thought of a child going hungry in this country is so hard. Children are our future. They need to be fed and nourished. Our few hours of work and camaraderie were a small, but vital part of helping to alleviate those hunger pains. Let’s field a packing team again soon!” – Gayle Miller
“I believe no child should ever be hungry. This is such a wonderful organization…helping so many! I love helping out!!!” – Jo Cousino
“I always feel so good inside when helping those less fortunate than I. It is always better to give than receive.” – Karen Herdahl
Colorado Feeding Kids’ mission statement is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in Colorado, and to feed starving children throughout the world. They are succeeding in these areas, but always need help. $54 supplies one carton of meals, which feeds 216 malnourished children. $108 supplies enough meals to feed a child for 60 weeks.
Giving back without expecting something in return should be done more. Volunteering, whether it be for Colorado Feeding Kids or your local food bank or l another non profit, is something we should be instilling in our kids. It was heart-warming to see how the kids were so willing to help and how much fun they had with it. It wasn’t about work, it was about helping those who are in need. You never know what people are going through, and helping them out in this single part of their lives helps tremendously.
It wasn’t about teaching the kids about working hard, it was about coming together to help those less fortunate in the community. You never know what people are going through, and providing a basic need is something that can bring them some peace. There are so many bad things in the world that we tend to obsess over, but if we can all take a moment and help each other instead, the world would be a much better place.
The more we help each other, the more positivity we put out into our neighborhoods and cities. There is so much bad in the world that we tend to obsess over, but if we can all take a moment and help each other, the world would be a much better place.
Want to give back but don’t have time?
Donate here: https://www.cofeedingkids.org/donate
Every little bit helps!
Want to give back but don’t have money? Check out the most recent packing days here: https://www.cofeedingkids.org/packing-events
Thanks for taking the time to read this and stay tuned for more blogs every week!
Mandy Penn Photography
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