Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Hope for Homelessness? Do You Open Your Heart or Close Your Eyes ~ #AbbottCFK #CBias

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hope for Homelessness? Do You Open Your Heart or Close Your Eyes ~ #AbbottCFK #CBias

Participating in the Abbott Nutritional Pack A Snack program, I find my family's experience to be, at once, rewarding yet bittersweet.  Certainly, the process of discussion and giving together has provided both an important bonding opportunity for my family, as well as served an important lesson in giving that will stay with my children.  Our thoughtfully chosen, nutrition packed items to donate will, no doubt, have an impact on the nutritional well being of local children in need, at least for today.

A nagging thought continues to torture my mind.
What about tomorrow?

My family is committed to continue our giving, appreciating our blessings and sharing them with others.  While our efforts are well received and will have a meaningful impact, the crisis of homelessness to our nation's children and their family's struggles to provide the barest of survival essentials, let alone quality nutritional products is so much larger than my family can affect on our own.  

This effort is only successful if we are one of millions.

As my family dropped of this week's donation, I was struck by how visible the City Rescue Mission truly is, in the capitol city of Lansing, Michigan.  As part of a relatively recent revitalization of the downtown area, the shelter is flanked on all sides by successful, inviting businesses, in addition to the Lansing Lugnuts baseball stadium, with the capitol building only blocks away.

How many must dine at the landmark restaurant, neighboring the shelter, and not think of those this organization is struggling to serve?  With grave shame, I admit that I have. The shelter has had to suspend distributing food baskets to hungry families, due to insufficient donations.

How many commute into the city each day, for work, to study, for pleasure, and have closed their eyes to the needs of the community, of children without homes, without meals, bouncing from school and shelter?  What is only a percentage of them opened their hearts, what profound impact that would have.

More opening hearts.
More taking SIMPLE action.

Make A Difference: 
Gather your friends, family, and coworkers to provide nutritious snacks for children in need. Items like Pediasure®, Pediasure SideKicks®, and ZonePerfect® bars would be great to share! Give the Abbott Nutrition snack packs to an organization in your community that serves children (like a school, religious organization, or nonprofit). 
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One Zone Perfect® Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar and one PediaSure® Vanilla Sidekicks drink have the power to make an impactful contribution to a child's nutritional health, for under $2.00!

                                         Dietary fiber   24% DV               Zinc   35% DV
                                         Thiamin   65% DV                       Protein    42% DV
                                         Riboflavin    80% DV                 Vitamin A   45% DV 
                                         Niacin   55% DV                         Vitamin C   90% DV 
                                         Vitamin B6    80% DV               Vitamin D   40% DV
                                         Vitamin B12    60% DV             Vitamin E   120% DV
                                         Calcium   45% DV                       Zinc   35% DV
Thiamin   65% DV                        Riboflavin    80% DV
                                         Niacin   55% DV                          Vitamin B6    80% DV
                                         Vitamin B6    80% DV                 Vitamin B12    60% DV

Rally A Group Into SIMPLE Action

Compelled to amplify our efforts into a larger one, I realized how many groups, organization and teams my family interacts with, during the course of a year.  How simple it would be to share the Champions for Kids program with them and ask them to participate through a food drive, with hopes that many would be inspired to continue the giving and help spread the word.  Countless opportunities and such minimal effort required.

View the SIMPLE nutrition and hygiene pack we created to share on Google +.

How does your family give back in your community?
Do you participate in any groups that give?
What inspires you to give back?
What holds you back from giving?
Tell me in a comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

It's amazing isn't it how we almost get used to looking past what is going on around us? Good for you for taking the time to notice what we could do if we all paid more attention and helped out a little more.

Tammy L said...

What a great idea on also including toothpaste, shampoo and stuff in your pack!

Closer to Lucy said...

I was just going to say what Jessica did! How easily we see past things that are right in front of us everyday.

A change in focus can sometimes be the one SIMPLE step that is needed.

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

At church last night I was talking to a friend and she told me there was a homeless shelter in our little town. I was shocked. I've never seen a homeless person, that I know of, in our town. It's amazing how we can live out our lives so blindly. Thanks for putting this real problem out there.

ZonePerfect said...

Thanks for spreading the word! ~Brittany @ZonePerfect

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This is a wonderful post!!! Sometimes we just have to open our eyes to see the needs... great job!

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