November 15, 2005

Amazing Birthday Idea

A friend of ours recently had an amazing birthday party for her 12 year old son. He could invite all his friends but there was one rule - no presents for him. The other thing was the party was held at Feed My Starving Children.

This organization has volunteers manually assemble meal packages for hungry children. Each package contains six nutritionally rich meals consisting of five components (as listed on the website):

1. Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.
2. Soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at lowest cost
3. Vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian chicken flavoring to give growing children the critical nutritional elements they need.
4. Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.

The meals cost an average of 17 cents to produce and for every dollar donated 94 cents of it goes directly to the food. It is a great organization and last year alone 5.8 million meals were packaged by approximately 27,000 volunteers.

This family made it their birthday party and the mom asked that if the kids really wanted to buy the child a gift they could donate money for meals instead. The group donated enough money for over 700 meals and packaged several thousand meals! The kids had a great time and everyone left there talking about it. Asking if they could come back, if they could have their parties there and how can they get involved. These were the "popular" type kids at school as well. It was a great party. Kudos to the family.


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