The Devastation in Haiti is almost unfathomable for an American that hasn’t visited Haiti in the last 10 days. Read the newspapers and watch the news channels: I don’t need to repeat the news that they’re publishing and broadcasting. Haiti needs us and our money. Will you please consider giving, and making it Christmas for the millions suffering there, in the poorest country of our Hemisphere.
There are many ways to give. Tonight is the big, televised brainchild of George Clooney, the MTV Haiti Disaster Relief, which is being broadcast on almost every TV channel around the world. You can easily text $10 to Red Cross Relief.
But in addition, you can help locally. Many churches are collecting money and packing meals for the starving and displaced in Haiti. Evergreen Community Church in Bloomington, is one such church. There are several ways to give. You can personally donate out of your own pocket. You can ask the company you work for to take up a collection. And you/ or the member of your company could sign up to join others in packing healthy meals through the organization Kids Against Hunger. Below is a scripted letter you can send to people, or offer to your employer. All the info you need is listed below. Listen to God pull on your heart chains, and respond, generously.
Dear Friend, and Employee of a Company,
I wanted to inquire if you or your company has a pet, charitable project you all like to do as a company, at the anytime throughout the year. If not, I wanted to invite you to join me and my family and church in a great charitable venture.
The charity is called Kids Against Hunger: www.kidsagainsthunger.org/], which is a program of Feeding Children Internationally, based in Stewart, MN. Kids Against Hunger is a program similar to Feed My Starving Children.
Evergreen Community Church, the church my husband pastors in Bloomington, has embraced KIDS AGAINST HUNGER as our ‘charity cause’ and embraced a goal for 2010 to pack 1 Million meals to feed starving children in Haiti. The packed meals will be distributed to 4500 children attending 17 schools built and operated by an organization called Lifeline Haiti. We are inviting our friends, and our friend’s businesses to join us in this great venture.
(One of our pastors, Tim Weber, personally knows the people running Kids Against Hunger, and knows every meal gets to the right people, and not to criminals who sell it on the black market.)
There are two ways to join in this great, charitable work.
Firstly, You could take a collection of money for Kids Against Hunger, juat the workplace, just like people collect money or gift cards or toys for Toys for Tots. A donation of $20 purchases enough raw materials to pack nearly 200 meals. We would welcome any money you or your company could raise to contribute to this great cause.
We personally pack these meals, and we even send mission teams to Haiti, to deliver these meals. [not all of them, but some of them. 1 million meals is a lot!] This past September a team of 14 from Evergreen hand-delivered 1400 meals. For the fortunate children, this is the one meal a day they get, and are grateful to receive.
Secondly, I invite and welcome you and anyone from IQ Marketing to come to Evergreen Community Church’s building in Bloomington, on one of two Saturdays, in February: 20th and 27th, [whatever’s convenient for you ] to join me and a host of others [my family included ] in packing 250,000 [of the 1 million ] meals. It’s a fun, energetic activity and a great way to see and taste the food we’re sending to Haiti. Each packing session will takes 90 minutes
Evergreen is a base, a packing station for Kids Against Hunger, which is similar to Feed My Starving Children.
I would happily hand you or send you a packet with a brochure, cover letter, etc. to explain further and in detail what Kids Against Hunger is all about, and what Evergreen hopes to accomplish, if you and ‘your people’ are interested.
I appreciate you considering this. And I want you to know : No pressure or uncomfortable feelings if you decline. I just wanted to throw it out there. If you’re interested, great! If not, that’s fine. It never hurts to try, right?