Good news!

Are you in need of some good news?

Get out those pompoms! Hand2Hand keeps pompoms in our office because we intentionally and regularly celebrate how we see God move through this ministry and in our personal lives.  It is easy to keep pushing towards achieving goals without fully celebrating and acknowledging the victories, but that isn’t what God desires for us. We need to enjoy the journey and stop and smell the flowers along the way. Plus, it is fun to celebrate, remember, and be thankful!

So often we are hit with all of the bad news of things happening in our communities and around the world, but today I have GOOD NEWS to share with you!!

Ever since we began feeding kids in 2008 statistics showed that 16 million, or 1 in 5 children were at risk of being hungry in the United States. Recent statistics put out by No Kid Hungry now state that 13 million, or 1 in 6 children are at risk of being hungry in the United States.

Today, there is reason to celebrate because as the economy is stronger and individuals and organizations such as Hand2Hand work together to eliminate childhood hunger, there are now children who no longer are facing food insecurity.

Yes, there is still work that needs to be done. Yes, there are still children who need us to rise up and deliver hope through a bag of food packed with love and prayers for the weekend.

But today we celebrate that there are an estimated 3 million LESS kids in our country who experience food insecurity.

I’d say that is good news that needs to be shouted from the rooftops!!

To all of our volunteers and donors, we say THANK YOU!! Together we are making a difference and an impact so that more children have a greater ability to reach their full, God-given potential! I also thank ALL of the organizations in West Michigan and in our country who are focused on eliminating childhood hunger.

As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much.” Let’s keep up the amazing work…together.

Shake those pompoms and let out a cheer!

Cheri Honderd

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