Have you ever been really, really hungry?
This weekend I told Tim that I was withering away because it was 3 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten. I was hangry….beyond hangry.
Thankfully I have never known true hunger. My mom worked in a grocery store growing up so we were always “the house with the full pantry”. I never had to worry if I wouldn’t have dinner, and most nights I actually complained about what we were eating. What a brat.
Cut to college, a much poorer-and skinnier-version of myself. You could find me scavenging for home cooked meals.
“Oh you live in town?”
“Does your mom make meatloaf?”
“Does she love meeting your friends?”
Although I was far from starving, I finally understood what hungry meant.
So it is not easy for me to relate to those starving kids in Africa, instead my heart just breaks. What hurts even more is that there are millions of kids just like them here in America. Going to bed hungry every night.
This week, I want to help. I can’t believe some of those numbers.
Especially since I always overeat because I don’t want to be wasteful. I know I am not the only one, I mean we are the fattest country in the world right?
When I was growing up, I was so affected by the starving kids commercials that I wanted to set up a “send to hungry bin” next to our recycle bin where you put all of your uneaten food to send to those kiddos. My dad wasn’t down, something about it rotting. But how great would that be, if we could just send the rest of our fries to someone hungry.
I decided that today I am going to take the money I have saved by not eating out for lunch every day and give it to our local food pantry. I love when donations stay local, you never know who you are helping. It could be your neighbor…and one day it could be you. If we are being honest, it pains me to see homeless people in my hometown…but I almost never give them money. I have a much easier time giving them a little bag of Doritos, and it’s an incredible feeling when you see the gratitude in their eyes. I always try to have snacks in my car, just in case.
Do you all have any ideas to help the hungry?
This is totally unrelated but Tim’s pins have been cracking me up lately. OMG that ATV… hahaha. So awesome. I think my boyfriend wants his car to look like that. If you guys find a buy-one-get-one-free deal on those, count us in 🙂
Hhahahaha…that boy, I really don’t know what to do with him. Yesterday he asked me how I fell about buying a tank.
Like a real…tank…to drive.
I’m on the edge of my seat… what was your response to him?!? I hope it was something like “Sure we can get a tank… after the ring, the wedding, The Best Honeymoon There Ever Was, and a bigger house with a bangin’ mantel… then we can get a tank.” Or whatever’s on your wishlist 😉 haha
Hahaha…I just said, “whatever you want honey” because truthfully tomorrow he will come to me with another grand adventure or scheme 🙂 He sure does keep me on my toes.
And Timbo, you should be taking notes from my friend Janelle!!!!!
Oh yay for big-dreamers and grand adventures!
Tim, my boyfriend John wanted me to tell you that he’s a certified driver and gunner for the Stryker. Sounds like you guys might be BFFs. haha
That is awesome! Now I just need to talk Christina into one of those haha. I mean it should be easy since we already know a certified driver and all.
Dream on dude!
But Janelle….yet another reason you need to move to Missouri 🙂
Hi there! I just wanted to take this time to say how much I absolutely adore your page, and mention that we have the same hobbies! Haha, fluffy dogs, and tropical fish. It’s like an obsession! Anyways, your page was the inspiration for me to start my own blog. You’ve been officially added to the blog roll as well 🙂 It would mean so much if you could take the time to check out my page!
Oh my gosh, you just made my day….no wait my week…no wait my year!!! I gotta say, those are the two best hobbies you can have!!!
I will for sure check out your blog, way to go on starting it up….that’s the biggest step 🙂