This is a blog written by Shawn Hatjes, Grind Out Hunger Coordinator at Second Harvest. We think it’s an inspiring way to start the new year and encourage young people to get involved in the fight against hunger.
Hey Everyone! Shawn here…
I woke up this morning, not wanting to get out of bed, so comfortable under my blankets. After laying there for a bit it finally hit me that we have officially entered 2012. A New Year. My thoughts started to take me back several years ago when I was in middle school, living on a diet of Top Ramen for about a month and living in a 1 room studio apartment with my Mom and Sister. I remember feeling like my life was never going to get better, like I was stuck in a dark place where light was unable to reach.
With the help of family and friends I was able to get out of that tough period in my life and turn things around, but it wasn’t without a great deal of self motivation and the courage to fight.
Now, years later, I am working in the non-profit world thinking of every possible way to help those that are currently in the situation that I used to be in. I know that I have the power to make a difference. I know I have the power to change the world, but I also know that I can’t do it alone.
Grind Out Hunger is first and foremost about empowering the youth, helping them realize that they CAN make a difference in the world around them. What kids and adults need to realize is that every act of kindness, no matter how small, is significant. Not only does it leave you feeling good, but it feeds hope. The hope that might be fading within the minds of those going through a tough time. This small bit of hope that each of us has the power to spread is all it takes to pick someone up and change their life.
I found this quote earlier today that is going to help me get my message across:
Not everyone can donate hundreds of dollars. Not everyone has the time to volunteer hours and hours at a non-profit. This does not mean that you cannot make a significant impact on someone’s life. Don’t feel like your quarter or your dollar donation is insignificant. We can’t walk around with the mind set that others are going to fix the problems of hunger, malnutrition and homelessness for us. We can’t rely on others to change the world. WE have to be the CHANGE and the only way that this can happen is if we fight this war together.
I’m forming an army of Hunger Fighters. I need YOUR help.
If you have the ability to donate money to the cause please click the button below.
If you are a kid and don’t have the ability to donate online, please shoot me an email and we can talk about how you can get your donation to Grind Out Hunger.