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Jun
12

WHATS IN THIS BLOG:
• A game-changer: children helping starving children.
• 100 kids and adults packaged 12,000 meals in 2 hours.
• I look terrific in a hairnet!
• Takeaways.

First of all, LAST WEEK I ROLLED UP AT 7 AM (YES, I CRAWLED OUT OF BED AT 5:30 AM ON A SATURDAY). To my horror, the registration lady said “You can’t do this, because you are wearing sandals. You need proper shoes.” Since I drove 30 minutes to get there, I debated with her since I am an engineer after all. We deadlocked until a well-dressed young Hispanic woman intervened. “You could cover each of your feet with a hairnet.” I laughed at the idea, but the registration lady accepted me on this basis, and handed me three hairnets.

Four food bins + Megan and Kim and me (click to enlarge than back-arrow to return to the blog).

Four food bins + Megan and Kim and me (click to enlarge than back-arrow to return to the blog).

Most folks were directed into the large group, maybe 100 volunteers, assigned to packaging the food. The pics show the high-nutrition food in four large bins. Two people dipped and poured the foods into a funnel. My first job was to hold a package under the funnel, weigh it, and pass it along to folks who sealed the package with a device that looked like a stapler. Altogether six folks on our team.

After 32 packages were filled, they were boxed, and our group cheered loudly and shouted “Box number 1”. After that it became a race to fill boxes. We worked for two hours. My team of six worked in a frenzy and won the competition…..we filled 22 boxes! The prize was a T-shirt…..mine said “Feed my starving children and change the world.”

Amanda and I held packages below the blue funnel to receive the food.

Amanda and I held packages below the blue funnel to receive the food.

AT 9 AM WE WERE TOLD TO STOP. IN TWO HOURS THE WHOLE GROUP OF 100 HAD PACKAGED 12,000 MEALS, WHICH WOULD FEED 106 CHILDREN FOR ONE YEAR. INCREDIBLE!
The packages will be sent to Haiti, which was devastated by an enormous earthquake in 2010.
The organizers, known by FMSC (Feed My Starving Children), were extremely well-prepared:
• Food handlers had to use sanitary wipes, and wear plastic gloves.
• When the rice bin was empty, the food-supplier-guys would rush to refill it.

Our winning team of six! Amanda standing next to me. My cup is filled with soy (click to enlarge then back-arrow to return to blog).

Our winning team of six! Amanda standing next to me. My cup is filled with soy (click to enlarge then back-arrow to return to blog).

• Music was piped in to cheer us on: songs for the millennials, songs for the oldies like me, and Christian songs. I swayed and my feet danced when they played “Good golly miss Molly.”

• Children worked side-by-side with adults. Megan was about 12 and worked like a mule alongside her mom Kim. Amanda was a mom also, and since she had done this before, she helped me the engineer figure it all out.
• They inserted a quickie dance competition up on the stage, without anybody stopping work (except the dancers). I tried to get Megan or Kim or Amanda to go up with me to do a swing dance, but they declined.

Our team of six were fighters. We wanted to win. As a result, we won the shortest time to pack the first box, and we also won most boxes packed (22 boxes).

All the hairnet teams in this part of the room.

All the hairnet teams in this part of the room.

TAKEAWAYS:
• The FMSC organization know how to make work seem like fun. I can say honestly that I enjoyed the experience, and felt like we accomplished a lot. Preparing a package of soy and rice that will be sent shortly to Haiti for kids who are malnourished or starving was hugely satisfying. Moreover, a practical example of helping someone to hope!
• By including kids such as Megan in the work process, and aiming to help starving kids overseas, FMSC makes a real connection with adults. A very smart way to instill motivation into busy adults. As a result, it taught kids about empathy and love and giving.

FMSC is a Christian organization (non-governmental or NGO). While the church is often criticized as being clubbish and judgmental, here is a powerful example of direct help by average churchgoers to save some of the 6,000 CHILDREN ACROSS THE WORLD WHO DIE EVERY DAY from causes relating to poverty.
• This event was sponsored by Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque. They deserve huge credit for enabling the vision in Albuquerque. Sagebrush have, after many separate events like the above, packaged about 1 million meals for starving children. This number feeds 3,000 children supper every day for a year!
FMSC accepts donations also, in case you don’t live in a town that sponsors an FMSC event. Just click on the link if you would like to help.

Praying over the boxes before they are shipped to Haiti.

Praying over the boxes before they are shipped to Haiti.

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The Gray Nomad
Probing the practice of Christian believers……

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.
[Book of Proverbs, chapter 22].

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7 Responses to I experienced an awesome way to wrap nutritious food for starving children

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  2. Mary Ann Pollock |

    I am so proud of you Ian for assisting in a program that helps take care of the starving children. It is very impressive to see the young people helping to care for starving children instead of thinking about themselves all the time. I pray that God will bless all the volunteers, and encourage others to donate what the Lord leads them to do. A great blog.

    • It was inspiring to see all the youngsters taking part. Great way for them to learn about the importance of giving to others, I agree. Thanks for your comment Mary Ann.

  3. Thanks for your report on FMSC activities to alleviate hunger in the world. It reminds us of the pressing needs and struggles of our brothers and sisters, who are not as fortunate as we. If more churches, and I am sure there are a great many already involved in such activities, would join in the crusade, hunger may become a thing of the past. My wife and I have participated many times in such a joyful activity as this, to feed the hungry and needy. We have worked 6 hour shifts with volunteer teams, to can chicken noodle soup, pears, and other foods to be distributed through our church’s humanitarian network. I applaud and appreciate all the good people who care enough to get involved with such endeavors; and those who help finance these efforts.

    • Well-chosen words Don. It often comes down to our perspective, and willingness to give time and effort to help the less fortunate. The perspective: 6,000 children dying every day from preventable causes is inexcusable. The willingness: I salute organizations like FMSC who are making it easy for the average person to get some skin in the game (by giving up a few hours to package food, or by donating).

  4. Christopher Potts |

    Hi Ian, well done to you and the other helpers, a really great job. I was wondering how many meals for the starving were wrapped in China and Russia that day. um?

    • Thanks Chris for taking the time to comment. Curiously, a friend asked the same question just y-day. I don’t know the answer, but I do know the USA has tremendous resources, so I think this country (now my country) should give above and beyond. Try to keep warm down there in Tasmania! We have about 100F or 37C for another 10 days at least.

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