Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Live with Grace and the World Food Program

Thank you all for your positive comments and interest in Live With Grace. I can not tell you how excited I am about this... it just feels so good and so right. It is so much fun!!! After Ava's interest in Africa and helping with hunger, we chose the World Food Program for our first charity. They have a project called, Fill the Cup. Through this program, one quarter can fill a child's cup with food for the day, and also allows them to take food home to ration for the month. The children receive their cup of food at school, so there is an incentive for parents to send their child to school as well. This program is amazing, and it was even recently featured on the Oprah Show when Drew Barrymore donated 1 million dollars of her own money to the program. Wow! Now, we are not shooting for a million dollars here, but we are trying to earn money, teach the kids about what these hungry kiddos go through, how we can help change their lives, and also how changing other peoples lives can improve our own. To be honest with you, the kids do not understand what one million dollars is, it is quite refreshing to watch how thrilled they are over a dime or even a penny. I love to see the pride in their eyes when they add to their jars. They truly can make a difference in a life with simple a quarter.... and a quarter IS something that they can comprehend.
Ava and I made a poster board talking about her Fill the Cup project, and she presented it in two of the classrooms at her day care. Ahhh... what a proud mom I was. It was so much fun (and entertaining)to watch her explain that there are "kids in Africa that do not have any food, any homes, anything! One quarter is all you need to feed them".
It was amazing to see the other children become interested and offer to help. Immediately after her presentation, the teachers pulled out their wallets and gave all of the children money to place in a jar for Live with Grace. I am so excited to say that her day care center is now participating in Live With Grace, and we are raising money through the remainder of the summer for the Fill the Cup project.
The kids at day care are all really excited about the project, and they are having lemonade stands at the school and are doing projects with their parents and siblings to earn money for Live With Grace. On the fourth of July, Ava and Olivia had a lemonade stand to raise money for our jar. There is a huge festival near our home on the fourth, so we had a lot of traffic at our stand. Olivia... she was hilarious... she made a serious dent in our products... she had some candy... some cookies... and lots of lemonade. Ava was much more serious. She had on her American flag baby legs (on a side note.... I LOVE baby legs. It is a local company and we are fortunate enough to have both of our girls in their catalog from last fall. If you buy a pair these days... more than likely you will see Ava's legs on the packaging. Check them out, they are fabulous baby gifts!) She would aggressively wave her flag yelling "Happy fourth of July," and then politely told people they could pay what ever they wanted and that all of the money was for the "hungry children in Africa." The people were wonderful... most of them ended up giving money and paying in meals. They would say... "here is eight meals for those kids... could I have an otter pop please?"If you are interested in supporting Live with Grace and our project to Fill the Cup, please email me at and I would love to tell you how you can help. Click **HERE** to see my previous post with more information on Live with Grace. Please click on the links throughout the post for more information on the World Food Program and the Fill the Cup project.

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