Trying It Out – Part 1
I am a few weeks into my assignment at Stop Hunger Now (SHN) and have visited the local warehouse here in Raleigh and attended a meal packaging event held by a local company in Morrisville. It was such a great experience to interact with the Raleigh SHN program staff all of whom clearly live the organization’s core values of Love It, Own It, Handle It and Share It. I watched and tried my best to assist as these guys prepped for events, pulling ingredients, supplies and equipment and loading trucks to take to events. Amazing what goes into these events which all ultimately revolve around placing four ingredients in plastic bags. It was great to see my new friend Josh lead the event I attended getting a group truly excited about the mission of ending hunger in our lifetime. I was impressed by a few things. I was impressed at how he effortlessly organized 40-50 people to accomplish a substantial goal. I have a hard enough time organizing myself and my family to pack for a weekend trip to the beach and this dude just directed an entire group of 50 through packaging over 10,000 meals. He had it all rolling in just a few minutes once set up. Wow! I was also impressed by the people packaging and their enthusiasm for ending hunger. I was wearing a SHN polo shirt with “Staff” on the shoulder which meant people continually asked me questions for which I did not know the answer. However, I was touched because one little girl who was probably 6 or so came up to me after the event and wanted to hand me an envelope full of one dollar bills and coins. She had been collecting money at her school to give to SHN. It wasn’t a formal thing like selling donuts, wrapping paper or other school fund raisers, she just told friends what she was going to do and asked for money to help. She was engaged and really wanted to help, at 6! I was impressed! It got me thinking about the simplicity of using our influence and engaging those around us for impactful action. Many times all we have to do is ask. She did just this, fed 20-30 kids as a result and taught this adult a good lesson. I am continually grateful for the opportunity to meet folks like her and the Raleigh program staff and see firsthand leadership combined with compassion and purpose.