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Little Heroes Help End Hunger

It’s not every day you meet a group of heroes who haven’t graduated middle school yet. But after hearing about children who suffer from hunger and poverty, kids from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania decided they wanted to help.

Michael, one of the oldest of the group, was saving up for something else but had a change of heart.

“He was saving up for an iPad,” his mom says. “But after he heard about One Day to Feed the World at church, he decided to give his savings to feed children instead.”

Katie worked hard to rake leaves and clean her room to raise money. It wasn’t as much what she did, but the attitude she portrayed that made it worthwhile. She knew every little bit she raised would go to help a kid like her.

Carlee called her grandma and asked if she would be willing to help her change the world. She packed her bags, headed to her grandma’s and did chores around the house to earn money. She didn’t stop there. After collecting that money, she wanted to give even more — she emptied her piggy bank and gave every last penny she had.

“I am forever changed by my involvement with Convoy of Hope,” says Pastor Debbie. “And it’s exciting to see our church kids get involved and raise money in fun ways to help other children.”

Without the hearts of people like Michael, Katie and Carlee, we would not be able to provide hope to the impoverished and suffering around the world. It’s kids like these who powerfully prove to us that no matter your age, you have the ability to change lives.

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I Am Syria

“I am Syria” is a powerful statement, especially coming from elementary school students in Charlotte, North Carolina. But that’s what the kids at the school wanted to do — make a statement.

Fourth and fifth graders at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary studied the refugee crisis and decided they wanted to do something to help kids who seemed just like them, but are facing the despair of living inside a humanitarian crisis.

“We try to focus on how we can do good for others,” says Nicole Nederlk, a teacher at the school. “It’s important for the kids to know what they’re giving towards.”

The kids raised money and wore green on a designated day to show their support. More than $500 was donated for Convoy of Hope’s response in the Middle East and Europe.

“I used to only care about myself,” says Danaiyah, a student at Nathaniel Alexander. “But now I know the importance of helping others.”

Jamie Waldron, outreach director for Elevation Church, helps out at the school in the food pantry and coordinates events. She recently visited Convoy’s work in Lebanon, so Jamie encouraged the kids to give the money they raised to Convoy of Hope. She showed them a video of the kids they would be helping.

“Some of the kids at Nathaniel Alexander don’t have much,” Waldron says. “But when they saw kids [on the video] that couldn’t go to school or didn’t have beds at all, they were moved to help.”

We’re thankful for children who are practicing compassion at such a young age. Because of them, we are able to bring hope and help to refugee children around the world.

 

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$200,000 Raised Through Dancember

Over the weekend YouTube Stars, Judy and Benji Travis, set out to raise $200,000 for Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative through their Dancember campaign. The 24-hour-live broadcast started strong Friday at 3 p.m.(PST) with more than $50,000 that had been raised leading up to the event.

The live broadcast featured dancing, lip-syncing and special guests to encourage viewers to donate and learn more about Convoy. For every $5,000 raised, the Dancember team danced to celebrate.

Before the 24-hour-live broadcast was over, the team had raised more than $200,000 which came in from viewers around the world.

“When Benji said our goal for this year was $200,000, it seemed impossible,” Judy said as she reflected on the event. “But I said, ‘let’s try it’ and we hit it. It’s overwhelming.”

With tens of thousands of viewers at any given time, we know the event was only a success because of the Dancember team, and all those who tuned in, donated and shared the event with their friends.

“We want to thank everyone that participated in Dancember,” says Kirk Noonan, vice president of Creative Communications for Convoy of Hope. “Especially the Travis’ family for their generosity to help us bring hope to kids throughout the world.”

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