The BIG Birthday Bash!!!!

Photobucket I am so freakin’ excited. And not even because it is my birthday, but because of my Big Birthday Bash. In case you missed my description on Monday, let me summarize. For my birthday I don’t want presents (lies, I do), I really want to give something back. I have been so blessed and so it only seems fitting that I pay it forward. So I want to tell you about one of my favorite charities and if you feel so led to give a little, I would love it. In return, you can post about a charity you love and Mr. Linky can direct people over to you. Hopefully we can all spread a little of what we have been blessed with around so that others who need can benefit. Need more info, head over to the original post and see what I have in mind.

For about 3 years now our family has been invovled with an amazing local charity called Kids Food Basket. Unlike a lot of organizations that try and do a lot of different things, this one does one thing and does it brilliantly. It provides dinnertime meals to hungry school children who would otherwise most likely go hungry when they leave school. They serve schools where 80% of more of the students are below the povery line. These children are provided subsidized breakfasts and lunches at school, but then they are sent home. Home to houses where parents are choosing between paying their electric bills and feeding their children. I can’t even fathom.

We have worked closely with this organization and have been able to see what a difference this organization is making. And yes, it is local to my community, but did you know that nationally almost 20% of children live in homes where complete and healthy meals are not a guarentee? This organization was started because its founder overheard a teacher talking about children going through the dumpsters after school to find food. I can think of few things more heartbreaking than that image.

KFB is a great steward of their resources. Food is obtained from local food banks, grocery stores or people in the community, and they get no government funds, which frankly eliminates a whole lot of red tape and restrictions so they are free to just get food into the hands of children who need it. All of the meals are assembled by a massive crew of volunteers and delivered to area schools every school day. Over 1700 kids get dinner every week night because of this organization. Typing that brings tears to my eyes. A little effort makes a huge difference in the lives of these kids. We recently heard one of their drivers report that he gets mobbed by grateful children when they do their drop offs.

So I know this might not be serving your community, but if you would like to give a little to help out this amazing organization, it would be the best birthday present I could ask for. You can head here to make a paypal donation of any amount. Also poke around their website and see all the great work they are doing. They deserve every accolade.

Now is the cool part. What are you passionate about. We have money set aside every month to give to charities we love and this month I am spreading it around the blogosphere. So I would love it if you would post on your blog, your favorite organization with a link to where people can donate. Then hopefully we will have a lot of people clicking around the blogosphere giving to some great charities. I can’t wait to see what you have to say!!


  1. You’re not alone! Just the mere thought of any child going hungry brings tears to my eyes. Needless to say, reading your post, I’m crying! What an awesome organization! I will be heading over there now!

    You are doing a wonderful thing. It’s people like you who make me proud to be a blogger. Please keep up the wonderful work! It’s a pleasure to have found you.
    .-= Casey {EcOnomical Mom}´s last blog ..The winner of the KidsFunCards is… =-.

  2. Thanks for letting us all share the wonderful ways that people are making a difference all over the world and even in our own backyards!

    I had trouble with the code on Mondays post, so I couldn’t get the button, but I did link back to you!
    .-= Jesica´s last blog ..I Heart Camp =-.

  3. Great idea! Have a wonderful birthday.
    .-= Sarah (GenMom)´s last blog ..Video Footage with Fellow Mom Bloggers in NYC =-.

  4. Happy birthday! I love the idea and jumped on it – there are so many worthy charities that need assistance during these times… the one I highlighted helps under-resourced women with dress clothes for the workplace. Love it – and as a WAHM, I don’t really have need for a full office-wardrobe anymore ;)

    I love encouraging others to let go of *things* and embrace *people* and *life* – because things won’t follow us when we’re gone. Billy Graham was fond of saying, “Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul?” ;)

    Again, happy birthday – may your day be great and your year be blessed.
    .-= sue´s last blog ..Big Birthday Bash! =-.

  5. Sarah says:

    That is an awesome program Jill! When I worked at the school I was so impressed that they were doing breakfast for the kids (and it was a free breakfast program for all the children which was nice) but it is sad how many children even here in Marshalltown only get the meals that the school provides for them. It is a horrible thought that any child has to go hungry especially when we can make a difference by doing just a little.

  6. First off HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I think that this is such a good idea. Thank you for allowing us to spotlight our favorite charities.
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Shoes for Orphan Souls =-.

  7. Jen@BigBinder says:

    Oh…. you know I love KBF!! And I love you too, so let me give you a big bloggy HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  8. Happy Birthday!!!! My eyes teared up reading this post. It inspires me to want to try and start a program like this in my community. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= LaVonne´s last blog ..Frugal Friday: Drink Water =-.

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