Today’s post is from April Cooper, Magic Beans’ President.
Where did this month go? It seems like all you have to do is blink and the next month is rolling in! 3,520 meals were served up this month bringing our total to 44,700 meals to date. What a blessing for so many, all of us included!!
I’ve been excited to share this post with you because this month we had a special group of visitors that are very close to my heart. In 2012, I traveled with Soles4Souls. Not knowing a soul and acting on a pure calling, I boarded a plane to Haiti with my new forever friends, ready for an adventure. I was in for so much more than that. My roommates were a mother-daughter pair from Minnesota, Pam & Claire Baker. I’m pretty sure divine intervention played a role in our roommate situation. I loved them from the start! Nicknamed “The Shoe Collector”, Claire is quite the world changer! She was 16 at the time and had collected over 20K shoes for S4S! To date, she’s collected over 100K pairs of shoes!
This year, in collaboration with Soles4Souls, Claire coordinated a mission trip for students and families from Totino Grace High School, her school in Minnesota. I was so thrilled to learn that their group would be making a visit to Feeding Hope. I’m always excited when S4S visits, but I was especially happy about this visit because I’ve been hoping Pam and Claire could drop by and fall in love, like I knew they would.
Getting feedback from travelers that visit Feeding Hope is always a special thing…even more special when those travelers are your friends, your family…your loved ones. Here’s what Pam had to say: First – MANY of our group said that Feeding Hope was one of their FAVORITE stops…..and were completely amazed (to include myself) at the organization, the respect, the mutual respect of the kids for one another (waiting until EVERYONE had received their food before eating), their gentle touch – I have so many photos of the kids simply reaching out to touch the white skin of our young beautiful girls. Their dresses and joy in receiving something so simple. WAS COMPLETELY THROWN BACK by the boxes of food from Feed My Starving Children – as that organization was ignited in our town and nearly ALL of us have packed this food in the past. To see it served and shared was incredible!!!! I also found it enjoyable to see the love that remains the same in ANY language – the young boys were watching and keeping an eye on the beauty of the young girls and the one very handsome teenage boy along had eyes on him from the teenage girls….Love in any language!!!!
Several members from this group had an overnight layover in Dallas and I was able to meet them and chat about their trip. I beamed with pride as they shared stories about Feeding Hope and their time there. They also mentioned meal packing at Feed My Starving Children’s site in Minnesota and how cool it was to see the kids that benefit from the meal packing. It’s a beautiful circle that benefits so many! When I packed meals for FMSC I never could have dreamed the connections and friendships that have blossomed from that.
We’re working on a big development for Feeding Hope in the coming months. It’s been one of those long-time-coming sort of things, but that’s usually the case. Anything that’s worth anything takes time! We recently blogged about Feeding Hope’s Market Store and we’ll be sharing more details as we sort them out.
As you may have seen, we’re currently running a ‘Meals in May’ campaign for Feeding Hope. We’re trying to rally as many people as we can to raise money for May’s meals. You can help by simply donating using the DONATE button to the right. Sharing our campaign, using the link below, is another simple way to get friends involved!